US urges rejection of Myanmar junta ‘sham’ elections

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States ‘strongly encourages the international community not to endorse the Myanmar junta’s plans for sham elections next year’. – EPA pic, August 5, 2022.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today urged the international community to reject the Myanmar junta’s “sham elections” planned for next year, saying they would be neither free nor fair.

The army has justified its power grab by alleging massive fraud during the 2020 elections, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy trounced a military-backed party.

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