Myanmar President U Win Myint, arrested by the military in a coup, has been moved from the presidential palace to another building, and the whereabouts of the deposed head of state are unknown, said U Kyi Taw, head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s public relations committee.
“The president and his family have been moved from the presidential residence to another house,” he wrote on his Facebook account.
In another post, he said the state councilor (Myanmar’s de facto prime minister), Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is healthy and still under house arrest at her residence in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. “Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is healthy and is in the residence of the state councilor,” he wrote.
U Kyi Taw said Wednesday that Myanmar’s president, who heads the NLD, and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi face two charges.
According to the Myanmar Political Prisoners Aid Association, 133 NLD members, including a large group of parliamentarians, have been arrested since the transfer of power to the military in Nay Pyi Taw. Another 14 were arrested in Yangon and other cities around the country. Myanmar media reported on Monday and Tuesday the arrests of a total of more than 400 people across the country.
Most of Myanmar’s MPs and high-ranking officials do not have their own homes in Nay Pyi Taw – they occupy government-provided residences. MPs who do not hold government positions in ministries and departments in the capital are housed in government hotels for the duration of parliamentary sessions.
On the morning of February 1, hours before the opening of the first session of the new parliament elected at the November 8 general election, the Myanmar military arrested government leaders, including the president and state councilor. Other members of the government and top government officials belonging to the NLD or affiliated with the party were also arrested. Earlier, the military had accused the national election commission and the NLD of election fraud.
On 1 February, the military declared its commitment to a multiparty democratic system and pledged to hold elections after the end of the state of emergency, which had been in place for one year throughout the country.