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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing says this coup is 'different'

General vows 'no change in foreign policy' or stance on foreign investment

Myanmar's junta leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing addresses the nation on Feb. 8.   © Reuters

YANGON -- The leader of Myanmar's ruling junta on Monday addressed the nation for the first time since last week's coup, saying the body now in power is "different" from past military governments.

Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said the new State Administrative Council established last Tuesday includes civilians and members of ethnic minorities, urging "the public to focus on the facts and not be carried away by emotions" as protestors took to the streets nationwide.

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