Myanmar junta extends state of emergency

Myanmar's state-run media reports the military has extended the state of emergency in the country by another six months. This extension means a new general election remains out of reach.
The junta first imposed the rule after seizing power three years ago Thursday.

Military leaders staged a coup on February 1, 2021, claiming the previous year's election was fraudulent.
They ousted and detained Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party had won by a landslide.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate remains in detention.

The military vowed to "redo" the election, but in the meantime, it has cracked down on civilian protesters.
It launched air strikes on villages across the country, as battles intensified with pro-democracy forces and ethnic minorities.
A human rights group in Myanmar says almost 4,500 civilians have been killed.

Many more have been displaced, including some who have fled to neighboring Thailand, creating a deteriorating humanitarian situation on the border.

The junta has promised to hold a general election once the country's security situation is stabilized.
But it's struggling to fend off growing armed opposition, casting doubt over when civilian rule will return.

Last October, three ethnic minority groups launched coordinated attacks in the eastern state of Shan, which borders China. They overran towns and military bases before Beijing mediated a temporary ceasefire.

In January, ethnic minority militants in the western state of Rakhine began ramping up attacks on the military.
Some troops were even forced to flee to India.