Police guard a street in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of Parliament on February 1, following the November 2020 elections that the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) of Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide.
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that he was following developments in Myanmar with “great concern”, where military threats and coup fears have overshadowed the planned opening of parliament.
Escalating tensions between the civilian government and the powerful military have sparked fears of a coup d’état following an election that the army said was fraudulent.
The army has announced it will “take action” if its complaints about the elections are not answered, and a spokesman this week declined to rule out the possibility of a seizure of power.
In a statement, Guterres called on “all actors to refrain from any form of incitement or provocation, to demonstrate leadership, to uphold democratic norms and to respect the result of the parliamentary elections on November 8th”.
“All electoral disputes should be resolved through established legal mechanisms,” he added.
In a separate statement, Western nations said they would look forward to the “peaceful convocation” of parliament on Monday.
“We urge the military and all other parties in the country to adhere to democratic norms, and we reject any attempt to change the outcome of the elections or hinder the democratic transition in Myanmar,” said the Embassies of Australia, Great Britain, signed declaration. Canada, the European Union, and the United States among others.