The military leadership has declared a one-year state of emergency, in Myanmar detaining key leaders including the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Mint.
All major ruling party leaders have been detained. The leaders were placed under house arrest this morning. The military action comes as the newly elected parliamentarians are due to take office tomorrow.
Official TV and radio have been shut down in the country. All major cities are under military control. Telephone and Internet services have also been cut off in the capital, Nairobi. Mobile service was also disrupted in the main city of Yangoon. The outside world has no clear idea of what is happening in Myanmar.
In the November elections, the NLD won a large majority. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections. The military says the election was rigged and will not be accepted. However, no confirmation of the coup has been received from the Myanmar government.
Myanmar 's current constitution is aimed at keeping Aung San Suu Kyi out of power and giving her military clear powers. About 25 per cent seats are reserved. President Win Mint had earlier announced that he would amend the constitution if he came to power.