MYANMAR leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior party figures have been detained during an early morning raid.
Tensions between the civilian government and the military have stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of an election the army says was fraudulent.
Spokesman Myo Nyunt told the Reuters news agency by phone that Ms Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders had been “taken” in the early hours of the morning.
He said: “I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law.”
He added he is also expected to be detained.
An National League for Democracy (NLD) politician – who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation – said Han Thar Myint, a member of the party’s central executive committee, was among those detained.
Telephone and internet lines in Naypyitaw have been cut, the BBC’s Burmese Service reports.
It comes after Myanmar’s military said it remained committed to democracy.
The new parliament is due to meet on Monday for the first time since the November election, which was won in a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, but which the military says was marred by fraud.
Myanmar’s election commission has rejected allegations by the military that fraud played a significant role in determining the outcome of the elections.
A group of Western powers including the United States issued a joint statement on Friday warning against “any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition”.
In a statement on Sunday, the military accused the foreign diplomats of making “unwarranted assumptions”.
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