Myanmar: Voters queue to cast ballots in 2020 election
Myanmar’s military has seized power after a decade of the leadership by the National League for Democracy at the helm of Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party have been detained by the military. All authority has been given over to the top army commander and a state of emergency has been declared according to a statement read on military TV. But where exactly is Myanmar and why did the nation’s name change from Burma?
World leaders and governments from around the globe have condemned a military coup d’etat which took place in Myanmar during the early hours of Monday, February 1.
The military enacted the coup claiming there were “huge discrepancies” in November’s election.
Ms Aung San Suu Kyi was due to a second term today after her party won more than 80 percent of the vote last year.
She has urged her supports not to accept the coup and protest against it.
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Why did Burma change its name to Myanmar?
Until 2011, the military junta governed Myanmar.
The country changed its name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, a year after thousands were killed in the suppression of a popular uprising.
Myanmar was the name recognised by many countries and the United Nations.
However, the UK did not recognise the military government’s legitimacy and therefore did not officially recognise the name change.
Where is Burma located?
Myanmar or Burma is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand.
The nation is also bordered by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest.
The country is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and as of 2017 is home to 54 million people.
Formerly Burma, the country is the 10th largest in Asia by area.
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