US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Myanmar’s ruling military regime to “for a genuine and inclusive democracy” on the one-year anniversary of the general election victory of the ruling National League for Democracy’s now-out-of-government civilian government. restore the way. .
The NLD won 396 parliamentary seats out of 498 in the November 8, 2020 election, defeating the military-backed Union and Solidarity Party to win re-election in the second democratically held elections to formally take control of Myanmar. left. After decades of autocratic rule.
But the results were negated only three months later when the military overthrew the civilian government on February 1, 2021, and jailed several of its officials, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. The army claimed that the results of the November 8 election were fraudulent, a charge dismissed by the country’s election commission.
Suu Kyi headed the civilian government as a “state councilor”, as the military-draft constitution effectively barred her from serving as president.
Secretary Blinken said in his written statement, the February 1 coup and its “subsequent and continuing violent crackdown have further undermined human rights and fundamental freedoms and reversed a decade of progress toward a genuine democracy.”
Blinken, referring to Myanmar, said, “We respect the Burmese people who are striving to restore democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in their country, including more than 1,300 people who lost their lives in that conflict.” More innocent people are involved.” other names.