Myanmar’s ruling military junta sacked the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, a day after he called for help to remove the army from power.
Kyaw Moe Tun in an emotional speech said no-one should co-operate with the military until it handed back power to the democratically elected government.
Myanmar’s state television announced his removal on Saturday, saying he had “betrayed the country and spoken for an unofficial organization which doesn’t represent the country and had abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador”.
Reuters reported that the UN does not recognise the junta hence Kyaw Moe Tun would remain as Myanmar’s UN ambassador.
Kyaw Moe Tun while speaking at the UN General Assembly on Friday, urged the international community to use “any means necessary to take action” against the military to help “restore the democracy”, saying he was representing Ms Suu Kyi’s ousted government.
“We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and to restore the democracy,” he said.
Myanmar has been rocked by protests since top government leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, were overthrown and detained after the army took power on 1 February.
General Min Aung Hlaing has defended the coup he led, but at least three protesters and one policeman have died so far in violence against it.