Myanmar coup: Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi release

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Intl desk, Feb 02: Calls are growing for the release of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi a day after the army seized power in the south-east Asian nation.Ms Suu Kyi, who led the country’s elected government, has not been seen since she was detained by the military.

MPs who were confined in their accommodation in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, have now been told they can leave.

But there are signs of defiance, including a medical staff strike and pot-banging in the main city Yangon.

The military took power in the early hours of Monday and declared a year-long state of emergency after accusing Ms Suu Kyi’s party of fraud over its recent election win.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded her immediate release on Tuesday. It has also called upon the military to accept the results of the November election, which saw the NLD win more than 80% of the votes.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by the armed forces until 2011, when a nominally civilian government was sworn in.

Source: News Agencies

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