Aug 1, 2021 - World

Myanmar's military ruler promises to hold multi-party elections

Myanmar's Military chief Min Aung Hlaing during the opening ceremony of the 4th Union Peace Conference at the Myanmar International Convention Center (2) in Naypyidaw on August 19, 2020.

Myanmar's Military Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during an event in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in August 2020. Photo: Thet Aung/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar's ruling military leader Min Aung Hlaing pledged during a televised address Sunday to hold multi-party elections and promised to work with "any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations," per Reuters.

Why it matters: The military has faced sanctions and been condemned by the U.S., the United Nations and others for seizing power in a Feb. 1 coup during which it detained democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other government officials. Dozens of protesters have since been killed or detained across Myanmar.

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