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Myanmar: Elections

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL12729, tabled on 28 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by General Zaw Min Tun that the Myanmar Army would “take action” if allegations of electoral fraud during the general election in Myanmar on 8 November were not investigated, what assessment they have made of the political situation in Myanmar.

Answered on

4 February 2021

Following unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud in the November 2020 elections, Myanmar's armed forces took control of the country on 1st February, declaring a state of emergency. The country is now under effective control of the Commander in Chief and the military Vice President Myint Swe.

The UK condemns this military coup and the detention of members of the civilian Government and civil society, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. The UK calls for the peaceful reconvening of the elected National Assembly, and respect for the results of the November 2020 general election and expressed wishes of the people of Myanmar. We are considering UK actions in response to the coup.