(STL.News) Myanmar’s military declared a one-year state of emergency on Monday (Feb 1) and appointed a general as acting president, after arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials.  The military said it would hold a “free and fair general election” after the emergency is over.  Indochina bureau chief Tan Hui Yee shares the latest.

Myanmar is located in Southeast Asia borded by Bangladesh and India to the northwest, China to the northeast, Laos and Thailand to the east and southeast with Andamn Sea and Bay of Bengai to its south and southwest.  It is the largest county in Mainland Southeast Asia and is ranked 10th largest in Asia by area. 2017 population is estimated at 54 million.  Capital city is Naypyidaw with the largest city being Yangon (Rangoon).

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