Deposed Myanmar president moved to interrogation center

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Deposed Myanmar president Win Myint has been moved to an interrogation center in Yangon, sources close to the politician told EFE on Wednesday.

Myint, 69, was detained on Monday by the military along with leader Aung San Suu Kyi and held under house arrest in the capital Naypyitaw.

“President U Win Myint now is in an interrogation center in Yangon,” the source told EFE.

On Wednesday the whereabouts of Suu Kyi had not been confirmed, but on Tuesday a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said that the Nobel Peace Prize winner was still under house arrest at her official residence in the capital and was “in good health.”

Myint served as president from 2018, although the de-facto leader of the country was Suu Kyi, who was appointed State Councilor, a position designed to circumvent the article of the Constitution that bans those with immediate relatives holding foreign citizenship from the presidency. Both her sons hold British citizenship.

While the military has kept the country’s top leaders under its watch, it has released a number of chief ministers, state and regional lawmakers and government officials since Monday.

More than 350 members of parliament have been ordered to leave the government residences in which they were being held, but for reasons not yet clear, the MPs refuse to leave until Saturday.

“The Tatamadaw (armed forces) arrived this morning and asked us to go home. Our leaders decided not to go home until February 6,” an NLD parliamentarian who wanted to remain anonymous told EFE on Wednesday.

“Yesterday, the Tatmadaw agreed to our decision to stay, but now they ordered us to leave. But we’re not leaving.”

The military on Monday declared a state of emergency to hold onto power for a year, citing electoral fraud in the November elections, and promised to hold new elections after which they would hand over power to the winner.

Despite starting a “disciplined democracy” a decade ago, the military had never fully renounced power, retaining 25 percent of the seats in parliament and the influential ministries of the Home Affairs, Border and Defense. EFE-EPA


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