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    The longtime NLD member has already spent around 20 years in prison, he was first arrested in 1989 after the so-called 8888 Uprising.

    Win Htein, an aide to detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested by the military, the National League for Democracy (NLD) stated on Friday.

    "He was arrested from his daughter's house where he was staying at midnight [in Yangon]", party press officer Kyi Toe said, adding that the 79-year-old official was being held in a Naypyidaw police station.
    Win Htein, one of the leaders of National League for Democracy party, arrives to attend the opening ceremony of 21st Century Panglong Conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar 24 May 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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    Win Htein, one of the leaders of National League for Democracy party, arrives to attend the opening ceremony of 21st Century Panglong Conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar 24 May 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

    The development comes days after the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) declared a one-year state of emergency in the country after arresting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other members of the government during a series of raids earlier this week.

    The coup came after weeks of escalating tensions over allegations of voter fraud in the November 2020 elections, when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the vote.

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    Aung San Suu Kyi, military coup, military coup, Myanmar
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