Myanmar junta chief declares himself Prime Minister

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Myanmar’s military chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, has declared himself the new Prime Minister in a newly formed caretaker government, the country’s official media agency has reported.

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Photo AFP/Pool/Alexander Zemlianichenko

The country has been in turmoil after a coup carried out by the army ousting the civilian leader in February, launching a bloody crackdown on dissent that has killed more than 900 people according to a local monitoring group.

In a televised address junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said “we will accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023.”

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“I pledge to hold multiparty elections without fail,” he added.

Min Aung Hlaing has chaired the State Administration Council (SAC) that was formed just after the coup and that has run Myanmar since then.

After the coup, elected leader, Suu Kyi, 75, was charged with several crimes. Her trial on charges of illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios and breaking coronavirus protocols is scheduled to resume on Monday.

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