The United States has threatened to reimpose sanctions against Myanmar in view of the seizure of power by the military and detention of the Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the civilian government.
President Biden said that it will necessitate an immediate review of US sanction laws followed by appropriate action.
President Biden called the developments in Myanmar as a ‘direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law’. He called upon the international community to press the Myanmar military to immediately relinquish power and release the activists and officials.
The UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday amid calls for strong global response to the military action in Myanmar. More than 24 hours after her detention, the whereabouts of Aung San Suu Kyi remains unknown, reports Reuters. Earlier, the UN Secretary General had condemned the arrest of civilian government authorities in Myanmar.
In the meanwhile, the new army regime has announced the new cabinet with 11 ministers while 24 deputy ministers were removed from their posts.The Tatmadaw said that it has reinstated all the judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts in the region and states.
The Tatmadaw held the meeting of the National Defence and Security Council of Myanmar on Monday with the Army Chief General Min Aung Hlaing and acting President U Myint Swe participating in it. The official statement issued after the meeting, justified the take over of power by the military claiming that Nov. 8 elections were not free and fair. It said that ‘upon completion of the tasks in accord with the provisions of the state of emergency’, free and fair general elections will be held’ and duties of state will be handed over to the winning party.
The National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by the deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing the coup. It has called for immediate release of detainees, recognition of 2020 election results and starting of new parliament.