UNP condemns Myanmar coup, urges military to reverse decision to detain civilian leaders
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s former ruling party the United National Party (UNP) has condemned the coup that took place in Myanmar today, urging that country’s military to immediately reverse their decision to detain civilian leaders.
The UNP said in a media release this afternoon that Myanmar’s parliament must be allowed to convene and the country’s civilian leaders and lawmakers must be allowed to resume their duties.
“In 2011, the democratic reforms in Maynmar began with the country holding their first post-military elections in 2015. The November 2020 general elections was the second phase of this democratic process. The actions of the military have threatened the progress made in the country,” the party said in its statement.
Last year’s general elections in Myanmar saw an overwhelming majority of the populace vote for the National League for Democracy (NLD), and the assumption of office by Myanmar’s elected state legislature would have been another step forward in the democratisation of the country, the UNP said.
“We urge the military in Myanmar to immediately reverse their decision to arrest the elected officials of the NLD. Parliament must be allowed to convene, and the president, prime minister and members of Myanmar’s parliament must be allowed to reassume duties,” it added. (Colombo/Feb01/2021)