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Allies of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Oppose Junta With Unity G...

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Allies of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Oppose Junta With Unity Government

epaselect epa09022937 A protester flashes the defiant three-finger salute as another holds a placard calling for the release of detained Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, 19 February 2021. Mass protests against the military coup continued as new sanctions were imposed by Britain and Canada on the Myanmar military junta on 18 February for ousting the civilian government. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING
By Bloomberg
16 Apr 2021 0

(Bloomberg) --Close allies of Myanmar’s detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi who were ousted in a military coup announced on Friday they have joined with ethnic groups to form a new unity government, escalating the chances of a prolonged conflict with the junta.

By Bloomberg News
Apr 16, 2021, 9:43 AM
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Detained former President Win Myint and Suu Kyi will retain their positions in the parallel government, which will operate under the terms of a new charter after opponents of the military abolished the country’s 2008 constitution.

The formal alliance comes at a time the military, known as Tatmadaw, has used deadly violence against anti-coup protesters, including regular abductions and extra-judicial killings. As of Thursday, more than 700 people have been killed and over 3,000 either detained or sentenced to prison since February, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

The regime has also been engaged in renewed armed conflict with ethnic groups, exacerbating a decades-long civil war and further dampening any hope for national reconciliation once seen as a central pillar of the country’s ill-fated democratic transition more than a decade ago.

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With no end to the violence in sight, the U.S. and its western allies have continued with sanctions against military officials and the companies linked to the regime. On Thursday, Reuters reported the European Union agreed to impose restrictions against two companies close to the military and another 10 individuals.

International conglomerates have steadily pulled out of partnerships the military with Posco Coated & Color Steel Co. Ltd. the latest to do so on Friday. The South Korean firm has a 70% stake in a joint venture with Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., which is controlled by the junta.

Prioritizing the end of dictatorship, the unity government will be composed of a president, state counselor — a post previously held by Suu Kyi — two vice presidents, a premier, ministers and deputies. Additionally, it will cede greater power to state leaders, placing them above union ministers.

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw — a coalition of pro-democracy lawmakers overthrown in the coup — had previously approved a 20-page Federal Democracy Charter, a blueprint for drafting a new constitution through a national referendum. The military junta has declared the committee to be unlawful and threatened legal action against anyone interacting with it.

© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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