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Burmese Military Denies Coup Threats Over Vote Fraud Claims

NAYPYITAW, Burma—Burma’s military on Saturday denied its chief was threatening to stage a coup over complaints of election fraud, saying the media had misinterpreted his words. Political tension in the Southeast Asian nation soared this past week after a spokesman for the military, which had ruled Burma (also known as Myanmar) for half a century, said a coup could not be ruled out if its complaints of widespread fraud in November’s election were ignored. The commander-in-chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, told senior officers in a speech Wednesday that the constitution could be revoked if the laws were not being properly enforced. Adding to the concern was the unusual deployment of armored vehicles in the streets of several large cities. Saturday’s statement from the military, known as the Tatmadaw, said that “some organizations and media” wrote without foundation that the military threatened to revoke the constitution. The statement said Min …