Myanmar’s ex-government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with election fraud by the junta, state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
The army previously claimed that last year’s elections had not been fair and therefore staged a coup in February.
No details about the charges have been released. Fifteen other officials, including former President Win Myint, are also being prosecuted for electoral fraud. International observers had found no abuses at the polls.
Suu Kyi is already being prosecuted for various other offences, including violating the corona rules, corruption, and illegally importing walkie-talkies. The deposed government leader (76) has to go to prison for decades in case of convictions.
Suu Kyi took office in 2016 as head of government in the first democratic elections in decades. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party managed to gain even more seats in the 2020 elections, causing the army’s power to shrink again. The military accused Suu Kyi and the NLD of electoral fraud.