According to Myanmar military television, the reason for the coup d'état in the country was the government's inability to adequately respond to military signals about violations and fraud during the November elections.
During the coup, the military detained Myanmar's state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government officials, including the country's president, Vin Myin. His place was temporarily taken over by Vice President Mint Shwe.
However, the full complement of real state power in the country was received by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Myanmar, Min Aung Hlain, who actually led the state for over 40 years.
"In the capital of Myanmar - Naypyidaw - the Internet and telephone communications do not work", - Interfax reports.
Elections in Myanmar were held on November 8. The ruling National League for Democracy Party won 396 of the 476 seats in parliament, receiving a mandate to govern the country for the next five years, while the Allied Party for Solidarity and Development, which is close to the interests of the military, secured only 33 seats.
After summing up the results, the military announced manipulations allegedly committed during the elections, but the election commission found no evidence of this. When the military's attempts to challenge the election results through appeals to the electoral commission failed, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, Min Aung Hlaing, announced the possibility of repealing the constitution in case of violation of the laws.
The US leadership condemned the coup that took place in Myanmar, regarded as an attempt to change the outcome of the elections held in the country, and also called for the release of those arrested.