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Myanmar's military: The army's firm grip on power

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By: William HILDERBRANDT Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO
13 min

On the same day that Myanmar's parliament was due to begin a new session, the military staged a coup and arrested Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Tensions had been rising in the country for weeks. After losing parliamentary elections in November, the army-backed opposition claimed the poll was rigged. The coup marks a sharp reversal of the democratic progress the nation had made following five decades of military rule. We take a closer look.

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