You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

US President Biden approves order to sanction Myanmar military leaders

Biden announced that he has approved a new executive order to immediately sanction leaders of the Myanmar military who directed the February 1 coup

Joe Biden | Myanmar | US government

IANS  |  Washington 

Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

US President announced that he has approved a new executive order to immediately sanction leaders of the military who directed the February 1 coup, as well as their business interests and family members.

At a White House briefing on Wednesday, the President said the administration "will identify a first round of targets this week" and "we're also going to impose strong export controls".

Biden also confirmed the freezing of US assets that "benefit the Burmese (Myanmar) government, while maintaining our support for healthcare, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people directly".

The military took over the country on February 1 over the disputed results of the November 8, 2020, parliamentary elections.

Besides the coup, the military also declared a year-long state of emergency and handed over the state power to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

Ahead of taking control, former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former President U Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained.

Regarding Suu Kyi's detention, Biden demanded the immediate release of all "democratic political leaders and activists".

"The military must relinquish the power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma as expressed in their November 8 election," he said.

Biden said the people in are making their voices heard by staging the ongoing protests across the country the coup and the detentions, adding that "the world is watching".

"Violence against those asserting their democratic rights is unacceptable, and we're going to keep calling it out."

The President concluded his address by saying that "we'll be ready to impose additional measures, and we'll continue to work with our partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts".

In the November 8, 2020, elections, the former de facto leader's NLD party obtained more than 80 per cent of the seats and increased its parliamentary majority.

The military or the Tatmadaw had called for an investigation into voting lists, alleging fraud and discrepancies.

But the Union Election Commission rejected the allegations of election fraud on January 29.




(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, February 11 2021. 14:57 IST