Myanmar shadow govt allying with rebels to ‘demolish’ junta

30 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BANGKOK: A shadow government in Myanmar seeking to reverse the February 1 coup has joined forces with a rebel group to “demolish” junta rule, it said on Saturday, reports AFP.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government and launched a brutal crackdown on

dissent.

A group of ousted lawmakers later set up a shadow “National Unity Government” which has sought to bring anti-coup dissidents together with Myanmar’s myriad ethnic rebel fighters to form a federal army to challenge the junta.

On Saturday, the rebel Chin National Front signed an agreement to “demolish the dictatorship and to implement a federal democratic system” in Myanmar, the NUG said in a statement.

They pledged “mutual recognition” and to “partner equally” the statement added, without giving further details. A CNF spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The group—which represents the mainly Christian Chin minority in western Myanmar—signed a ceasefire with the country’s military, also known as Tatmadaw, in 2015.

In recent years its fighters have dwindled.

“The CNF has no real military strength, so this move is symbolic,” Richard Horsey, senior advisor on Myanmar to the International Crisis Group, told AFP.


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