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President Biden Issues Sanctions Against Myanmar

What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, President Biden ordered sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar. The military staged a coup in Myanmar on Jan 31 and placed the democratically elected officials under house arrest, claiming the election was fraudulent.

  • Biden's executive order will prevent Myanmar from accessing $1 billion in assets in the United States. Biden also warned that more measures are to come.

  • Said Biden, "The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people..."

  • There have been multiple protests throughout the nation since the military staged a coup. The protesters do not wish to return to military rule and demand the release and return to power for the democratically elected officials.

  • Myanmar, which spent five decades under military rule, had recently undergone a democratic transition and elected Aung San Suu Kyi as leader as well as given the majority of the seats in parliament to Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.

  • In addition to the US, several other countries have condemned the coup saying that the outcome of the recent elections should be respected.

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