Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, military leader of Myanmar since the ousting of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021, has announced plans to hold elections by August of this year. The announcement came during his speech commemorating the country’s 75th anniversary of independence from Britain. In addition, over 7000 prisoners were released including some political detainees. Suu Kyi was not released and is serving a 33-year sentenced after being found guilty by the military of several charges including sedition, election fraud and corruption. The military justified the takeover of the country by claiming massive fraud in the country’s 2020 election.