Myanmar won’t be allowed to lead ASEAN in 2026, in blow to generals.

Myanmar’s prospects of assuming the helm of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2026 have been severely dimmed, delivering a resounding setback to the ambitions of its ruling military junta for international recognition. The decision to forego Myanmar’s expected ascendancy to the rotating leadership of the ASEAN regional consortium in 2026 was jointly reached by Southeast Asian dignitaries, as conveyed by Asian diplomats and a prominent leader on Tuesday. This development represents yet another formidable impediment to the aspirations of the nation’s ruling military junta, who seized power through violent means in the tumultuous year of 2021.

The global condemnation of the Myanmar Army’s forceful expulsion of Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government in 2021, coupled with impassioned demands for her immediate release from prolonged captivity alongside other high-ranking officials, has been predominantly spearheaded by Western governments led by the United States.

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