February 2, Myanmar : Myanmar’s military has taken control of the country after detaining National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians in the early hours on Monday.
Myanmar’s Military TV said a state of emergency had been declared for one year and power transferred.
The coup comes after tensions rose between the civilian government and the military following a disputed election.
Myanmar was ruled by the military until democratic reforms began in 2011.
The military said on Monday it was handing power to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing because of “election fraud”.
The United States has condemned the coup saying it “opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition”.