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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar military warns foreign media to not call it a 'junta'

SAC says 'action will be taken,' appears to be trying to improve global image

The commander in chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, attends the Moscow Conference on International Security on June 23.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar's Ministry of Information on Wednesday issued a warning to foreign media against calling the country's governing body since the Feb. 1 coup a "junta," "military junta" or "military council."

The military-led body, which controls government ministries, is called the State Administration Council (SAC) and is chaired by the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. The military established the council on Feb. 2, a day after ousting the democratically elected government and detaining leaders including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

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