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Myanmar shadow govt says allying with rebels to ‘demolish’ junta

Bangkok – A shadow government in Myanmar seeking to reverse the February 1 coup has joined forces with a rebel group to “demolish” junta rule, it said Saturday.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government and launched a brutal crackdown on dissent.  

A group of ousted lawmakers later set up a shadow “National Unity Government” which has sought to bring anti-coup dissidents together with Myanmar’s myriad ethnic rebel fighters to form a federal army to challenge the junta.

On Saturday, the rebel Chin National Front signed an agreement to “demolish the dictatorship and to implement a federal democratic system” in Myanmar, the NUG said in a statement.

They pledged “mutual recognition” and to “partner equally” the statement added, without giving further details. A CNF spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. 

The group — which represents the mainly Christian Chin minority in western Myanmar — signed a ceasefire with the country’s military, also known as Tatmadaw, in 2015. 

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