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Myanmar’s leader barred from ASEAN summit

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In an unexpected show of unity, ASEAN leaders have voted to exclude Myanmar’s military chief from joining the upcoming summit later this month.

It was learned that Myanmar’s junta leader, Min Aung Hlaing, was excluded from participating in the ASEAN summit in Brunei on October 26-28 to protest the February 2021 coup against democratically elected president Aung San Suu Kyi, wherein more than 1,000 civilians were reported to have been killed during protests.


However, a “non-political representative” would be permitted to sit in for him.


The ASEAN bloc has been under international pressure to address the social unrest that erupted after Ms. Suu Kyi’s government was toppled by the junta.


Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi agreed with the action taken, saying Myanmar should not be represented at the “political level” unless democracy is fully restored by the military.


Singapore’s foreign ministry described the move as necessary to uphold ASEAN’s credibility.

Photo: The Washington Post


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