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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar extends state of emergency, likely pushing back polls

Regime says security remains unstable, while 'silent strike' leaves Yangon quiet

Myanmar's junta chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. The military regime on Feb. 1 announced that it would extend the nationwide state of emergency for another six months. (File photo by Reuters)

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar's military regime on Wednesday announced that it will extend the nationwide state of emergency for another six months, likely delaying general elections that had been expected by August.

The announcement, made public through a report from state-owned media, came a day after the National Defense and Security Council, consisting of senior members of the military and government, met in the capital, Naypyitaw, and issued a statement blaming pro-democracy, anti-military groups that are "committing killings of innocent people, blowing up public places, imposing armed intimidation and coercion on the people."

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