minutes ang hlingMyanmar’s Global New Light, who led the coup last year, requested the military government to “allow him to serve an additional 6 months”.
Members of the junta’s National Defense and Security Council “unanimously supported the resolution”, it said.
The public declared a state of emergency after Aung Sano was ousted soo kyuThe government had plunged the country into turmoil in February last year.
It has previously said elections would be held and that the state of emergency would be lifted by August 2023 – extending the initial one-year deadline announced days after the coup.
The military has justified its power grab by alleging massive fraud during the 2020 elections in which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) trampled on a military-backed party.
Last year, it annulled the results of elections, saying it had uncovered more than 11 million cases of voter fraud.
International observers said the voting was largely free and fair.
Suu Kyi has been detained since the coup and faces a variety of charges that could land her more than 150 years in prison.
In a speech broadcast on Monday, Min Aung Hlaing did not mention a date for fresh elections, but said they could only happen if the country is “peaceful and stable”.
He also said that the country’s electoral system was in need of “reform”, including combining a first-past-the-post system – under which Suu Kyi’s NLD secured a sweeping majority – with proportional representation.
He said the influence of “powerful parties” had previously suppressed other political voices in the country.
The junta chief also invited leaders of several established ethnic rebel groups in the country for a second round of one-on-one meetings.
Myanmar has about 20 ethnic rebel forces – many of which control remote border areas, and have fought each other and the military for decades.
Some have condemned the coup and have offered shelter and weapons training to the “People’s Defense Forces” (PDF) that have emerged since the PUT, and which analysts say surprised the military with its effectiveness. have make.
Several ethnic rebel groups took part in the first round of “peace talks” with the junta in May, although groups fighting alongside anti-war rebels stayed away.