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Myanmar's military has seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi và other democratically elected leaders.

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Troops are patrolling the streets và a night-time curfew is in force, with a one-year state of emergency declared.

US President Joe Biden raised the threat of new sanctions, with the UN và UK also condemning the coup.

The army alleges the recent landslide election win by Ms Suu Kyi's các buổi party was marred by fraud. She urged supporters to "prochạy thử against the coup".

In a letter written in preparation for her impending detention, she said the military's actions would put the country back under a dictatorship.

On the streets of the main city, Yangon (Rangoon), people said they felt their hard-fought battle for democracy had been lost.

One 25-year-old resident, who asked not to lớn be named, told the "Waking up to learn your world has been completely turned upside down overnight was not a new feeling, but a feeling that I thought that we had moved on from, & one that I never thought we'd be forced lớn feel again."

Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by the armed forces from 1962 until 2011, when a new government began ushering in a return lớn civilian rule.

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image captionAung San Suu Kyi, seen here at a coronavirus vaccination clinic in January, is Myanmar's de faclớn leader

She spent nearly 15 years in detention between 1989 and 2010. She was internationally hailed as a beacon of democracy and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

But her international reputation suffered severely following an army crackdown on the mostly Musllặng Rohingya minority. Former supporters accused her of refusing khổng lồ condemn the military or acknowledge accounts of atrocities.

In the early hours of Monday, the army's TV station said power had been handed over to lớn commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Ms Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested in a series of raids. It is not clear where they are being held.

No major violence has been reported. Soldiers blocked roads in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, and the main thành phố, Yangon. International và domestic TV channels, including the state broadcaster, went off air. Internet & phone services were disrupted. Banks said they had been forced to lớn cthua.

Later, the military announced that 24 ministers and deputies had been removed, & 11 replacements had been named, including in finance, health, the interior & foreign affairs.