Myanmar coup: PM Boris Johnson condemns military takeover and calls for democracy to be respected

Boris Johnson has condemned the coup in Myanmar and has demanded the release of captured civilian leaders.

The UK prime minister condemned the “unlawful imprisonment” of Aung San Suu Kyi and said democracy “must be respected”.

He joined a list of other world leaders to have spoken out following the armed forces declaring a state of emergency and detaining a number of leading politicians, claiming there were “huge discrepancies” in last November’s election.

Ms Suu Kyi’s party won 396 out of 476 seats, but the army claimed the election results were fraudulent – allegations that have been rejected by Myanmar’s election commission.

On Monday morning, Mr Johnson tweeted: “I condemn the coup and unlawful imprisonment of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar. The vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released.”

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