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Ko Ko Gyi calls for reforms under military regime

The founder of the People’s Party, and member of the ‘88 Generation, Ko Ko Gyi called for dialogue between the military regime and resistance forces at a party meeting in Pantanaw Township of Ayeyarwady Region on April 21. Over 100 party members and residents attended.

“This country is in a state of emergency. When you are in the [Intensive Care Unit] you can’t apply [Myanmar traditional medicines], surgery needs to be done. We don’t want a culture of carrying guns, we want to develop a culture of dialogue,” he said.

Ko Ko Gyi added that each citizen must reflect on the state the country is in, as fighting between the military and resistance forces has spread nationwide with over 2.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), according to the U.N.

But Ko Ko Gyi believes reforms must be carried out by the regime, which took power after the 2021 coup ousted the elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government and jailed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

Regime spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told media on April 17 that the two jailed leaders have been moved from prison to house arrest due to the extreme heat.

“We cannot discard the current ruling military [regime]. This statement does not imply support for them. We did not accept military rule in the past [and] we do not accept it now. We will not accept it in the future either. We must pursue necessary changes [under it],” stated Ko Ko Gyi.

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