The leader of the junta in Myanmar, Min Aung Hlaing, has again promised to organize elections. He did so in a television speech, which international news agencies report on. The military leader also said he would work with a special envoy from the ASEAN Asian Alliance to restore order in the country.
This is not the first time the Myanmar military has announced new elections. Shortly after the coup in February, the population was also promised a fair trial, although a date for this was not forthcoming. It is still unclear when those elections should take place. According to the junta, the elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi emerged as the winner was fraudulent, although there is no evidence for this, according to international observers.
ASEAN has spoken out against the violent junta since the start of the coup and has repeatedly called for the restoration of democracy. Min Aung Hlaing says he is now willing to enter into discussions with the organization. ASEAN foreign ministers will meet on Monday to appoint the special envoy, according to Reuters news agency.
The military leader’s speech comes exactly six months after the military staged a coup in Myanmar and arrested government leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup sparked large-scale protests in the country, which were regularly crushed by force. Hundreds of people were killed, according to local human rights groups.