August 1, 2021
The general who took power in a coup in Myanmar in February has named himself prime minister and said emergency rule may now extend to August 2023.
In an hour-long speech, Min Aung Hlaing pledged to hold a “free and fair multi-party election” but also called the elected party he removed “terrorists”.
Hundreds have died in continuing protests against the military coup.
Many protesters were in the health care system, which has collapsed amid a massive surge in Covid-19 infections.