South Asia and Beyond

Possible Coup In Myanmar

Talk of an impending coup in Myanmar has stirred the international community into action. Over a dozen embassies, including US and EU delegations, called for Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, as rumours of a possible military coup made the rounds. The rumours are in the wake of allegations of “voter fraud” by the Myanmar military. The enormous popularity of Aung San Sui Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) won a thumping 315 seats in the lower house of Parliament on November 8, appear to be the reason for the military’s disquiet. The party the army backed fared a dismal second. The army brass demanded a probe into what it described as voter fraud, warning that they would “take action” otherwise.