Southeast Asian civilian Government has been overthrown by the Myanmar military in a coup.

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Soldiers stand guard on a street in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's president in a coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s military on Monday February 1st 2021, toppled the Southeast Asian government in a coup after detaining the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top government officials due to power struggle.

This action comes after months of increasing friction between the civilian government and the powerful military known as the Tatmadaw over alleged 2020 November’s parliamentary election.The discord was as a result of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)repeatedly disputed the election results.Thus, claiming  without providing evidence that there are more than 10.5 million cases of potential fraud, such as non-existent voters and called on the election commission to publicly release the final polling data.

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In a television address, the army announced that power has been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and that it was declaring a national state of emergency for one year after a military spokesperson last week  warned it would take action if the dispute wasn’t settled causing Monday’s crackdown.

The political history of Myanmar had Aung San Suu Kyi working earnestly to attain democarcy after 50 years of the military regime.However, despite embarking on some democratic reforms and installing a quasi-civilian government in 2011, Myanmar’s military was not keen to relinquish their power, causing the ruling junta to draft a constitution in 2008 that made sure the military could continue to wield significant political and  economic influence, regardless of future administrations and these have caused both bodies to have attempted to share power since 2015 election.

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