Myanmar’s Military Council has extended a state of emergency by six months. The junta chief appeared in state media saying the country’s electoral system would need to reform before fresh polls could be held.
He also added that due to instability in the country, it was difficult to implement the ASEAN five consensus points in the previous year and will try to implement this year. On April 24 last year, five consensus points were issued at ASEAN’s emergency meeting on Myanmar in Jakarta, Indonesia, which has not been implemented for more than a year.
He also invited the leaders of some of the country’s established ethnic rebel groups for a second round of face to face meetings adding a call to remaining ethnic armed organizations to come to peaceful resolutions.
The Military Council has recently executed two top political leaders and two others who opposed the coup, against the extensive appealing from the people, the ASEAN and international community not to carry out the execution.