Myanmar authorities have extended the state of emergency in the country for another six months because it says more time is needed to prepare for elections.
Myanmar extends state of emergency, delays election
Myanmar’s military government says it is extending a state of emergency it imposed when it seized power two years ago, a move that appears to set back its plans for an election that had been expected in August.
The announcement on state-run MRTV television said the National Defence and Security Council, which met on Tuesday, extended the state of emergency for another six months because the country remains in an abnormal situation and time is needed to prepare for a peaceful and stable election.
The NDSC is nominally a constitutional administrative government body but in practice is controlled by the military.
No exact date has been announced for the elections although the head of the ruling military council, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has suggested they could be held in August.