Myanmar : The Tatmadaw has seized executive, judicial and legislative power for a year
The statement that was broadcast on Tatmadaw-controlled media shortly after 8am cited article 417 of the constitution, which permits a military takeover in the event of an emergency that threatens Myanmar’s sovereignty, or that could “disintegrate the Union” or “national solidarity”.
Vice President U Myint Swe, who is already a military appointee, will be Myanmar’s interim president, the statement continued. It added that the takeover was justified by the need to resolve “huge” instances of alleged fraud in the November 8 election, which the Tatmadaw said endangered the “sovereignty of the people”.
The statement also said that wide-spread protests on opposite sides of the political divide, both in support of election fraud claims and in support of the elected government, was “threatening national stability”.