(FILES) In this handout file photo taken and released on March 27, 2022 by the Myanmar Military Information Team, Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attends a ceremony to mark the country's 77th Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw. - Myanmar's junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has won approval to extend a state of emergency for six more months, state media reported on August 1, 2022. (Photo by Handout / MYANMAR MILITARY INFORMATION TEAM / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /MYANMAR MILITARY INFORMATION TEAM" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The military junta in Myanmar has extended the state of emergency for another six months. The National Defense and Security Council unanimously supported junta chief Min Aung Hlaing’s proposal, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on Monday. The military seized power in Myanmar in February last year and declared a state of emergency, which has been extended again and again.

The de facto Prime Minister at the time, Aung San Suu Kyi, was ousted and has since faced a number of criminal charges. The junta justified the coup with alleged voter fraud in the general election in 2020, which ended in a landslide victory for Suu Kyi’s NLD party.