Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior party figures detained by army

File photo of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained in the early morning of Feb 1, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Yves Herman)  

01 Feb 2021 07:12AM(Updated: 01 Feb 2021 09:31AM)

YANGON: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party have been detained in an early morning raid, the spokesman for the governing National League for Democracy said on Monday (Feb 1).

The move comes after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the powerful military that stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of an election the army says was fraudulent.

Spokesman Myo Nyunt told Reuters by phone that Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders were “taken” in the early hours of the morning.

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