Myanmar’s military have detained the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials, reports say.
Myanmar military television says the military has taken control of the country for one year.
An announcer on military-owned Myawaddy TV made the announcement this morning. The announcement follows days of concern about the threat of a military coup and comes as the country's new Parliament session was to begin.
The Irrawaddy, an established online news service, reported that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi, the nation's top leader, and the country's president, Win Myint, were both detained in pre-dawn raids today.
The news service cited Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for Ms Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy party.
Ms Suu Kyi and other figures had been "taken" early in the morning, Mr Nyunt told Reuters.
"I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law," Mr Nyunt said.
He also said he expected to be detained.
Myanmar politicians were to gather today in the capital Naypyitaw for the first session of parliament since last year's election, with tension lingering over recent comments by the military that were widely seen as threatening a coup.
Ms Suu Kyi captured 396 out of 476 seats in the in the combined lower and upper houses of Parliament, far above the 322 needed to secure a majority.
But the army-drafted constitution of 2008 grants the military 25 per cent of the total seats, enough to block constitutional changes.
Several key ministerial positions are also reserved for military appointees.
The 75-year-old Ms Suu Kyi is by far the country's most dominant politician, and became the country's leader after leading a decades-long nonviolent struggle against military rule.
The military, known as the Tatmadaw, charged that there was massive voting fraud in the election, though it has failed to provide proof.
The state Union Election Commission last week rejected its allegations.
Political tension in the Southeast Asian nation soared last week after a spokesman for the military, which had ruled Myanmar for five decades, said a coup could not be ruled out if its complaints of widespread fraud in November's election were ignored.
The commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, told senior officers in a speech last Wednesday that the constitution could be revoked if the laws were not being properly enforced.
Adding to the concern was the unusual deployment of armoured vehicles in the streets of several large cities.
The military has publicly complained several times of electoral fraud and called on the government and the Union Election Commission to review the results.
It has said it has found 8.6 million irregularities in voter lists in 314 townships that could have let voters cast multiple ballots or commit other "voting malpractice".
The election commission said there was no evidence to support the fraud claims.
Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged the Myanmar military to "respect the rule of law".
"The Australian Government is deeply concerned at reports the Myanmar military is once again seeking to seize control of Myanmar and has detained State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint," Ms Payne said in a statement.
"Australia is a long-standing supporter of Myanmar and its democratic transition.
"We call on the military to respect the rule of law, to resolve disputes through lawful mechanisms and to release immediately all civilian leaders and others who have been detained unlawfully.
"We strongly support the peaceful reconvening of the National Assembly, consistent with the results of the November 2020 general election."
- Reported with Associated Press
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/aung-san-suu-kyi-detained-by-myanmar-military-after-raids/791b05b1-8567-4a7f-b89a-e9319415a160