Myanmar’s army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing has been ruled out of the ASEAN summit. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has decided not to allow Myanmar’s army chief to attend the summit.
ASEAN has agreed to replace him with another non-political representative. The ASEAN Summit is being held in Brunei from October 26 to 28.
The decision has been described as “unprecedented” despite the fact that the 10-nation bloc has not interfered in the internal affairs of the member states.
ASEAN called on Myanmar’s army chief in April to end the violence and release political prisoners. ASEAN says the military has not worked to end the conflict.
Last August, General Hlaing declared himself prime minister and declared a state of emergency in the country. More than a thousand people have been killed in protests in Myanmar since the military overthrew the government. There have been protests against the military’s crackdown on Myanmar’s citizens.