YANGON: Myanmar military television says the military has taken control of the country for one year.
An announcer on military-owned Myawaddy TV made the announcement Monday morning.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by the military, her party spokesman said early Monday.
The Irrawaddy, an established online news service, reported that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi, the nation’s top leader, and the country’s president, Win Myint, were both detained in the pre-dawn hours of Monday.
Its report said that the party’s Central Executive Committee members, lawmakers and regional Cabinet members had also been taken into custody.
“We heard the President (Win Myint) and State Counsellor (Aung San Suu Kyi) have been detained in Naypyidaw… we heard they were taken by the military,” said Myo Nyunt, spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy.
“With the situation we see happening now, we have to assume that the military is staging a coup,” he added.
Her detention comes after a week of ramped up rhetoric from the military, whose spokesman on Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of a coup.