- Myanmar’s military junta has disbanded 40 political parties ahead of its election.
- That includes the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been imprisoned following the 2021 military coup.
- Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan have criticised Myanmar over threatening democracy.
A spokesperson for Myanmar’s military could not immediately be reached for comment. Its leader Min Aung Hlaing on Monday urged international critics to get behind his efforts to restore democracy.
Myanmar’s chief senior general Min Aung Hlaing. Source: Getty / Ye Aung Thu
US State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel told reporters that the United States “strongly condemns” the decision to abolish 40 political parties.
“Japan strongly urges Myanmar to immediately release NLD officials, including Suu Kyi, and to show a path toward a peaceful resolution of the issue in a manner that includes all parties concerned,” it said in a statement.
The shadow National Unity Government, which the junta has declared “terrorists”, said the military had no authority to hold what would be a sham election.