Myanmar’s detained Aung Suu Kyi faces new charge as crackdown intensifies
Myanmar’s military junta has promised that it will hold an election and hand over power as police filed an additional charge against toppled former leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It also defended its 1 February seizure of power, denying it was a coup even as protesters took to the streets again in support of Ms Suu Kyi and other arrested leaders and the Chinese government dismissed social media rumours that it had helped with the military’s action.
“Our objective is to hold an election and hand power to the winning party,” Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for the ruling council, told the junta’s first news conference since overthrowing Ms Suu Kyi’s government.
The military has not given a date for a new election but has imposed a state of emergency for one year.
Zaw Min Tun said the…