Myanmar president declares state of emergency in Meikhtila after 3-day riot

Yagon, March 22 : Myanmar President U Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four townships in Meikhtila District of Myanmar's northern Mandalay region as riot escalated after its outbreak on Wednesday, according to state-run radio and television Friday.

Four townships including Meikhtila, Wandwin, Mahlaing and Thazi are covered by the state of emergency.

The declaration is made in view of the fact that administration in the regions can not be carried out effectively by local authorities and for the sake of security, stability and tranquillity, the announcement said.

Under the state of emergency, the armed forces will intervene for the restoration of law and order, the announcement added.

The declaration of the state of emergency came one day after the president returned to Nay Pyi Taw from nine-day state visits to New Zealand and Australia on Thursday.

--ANI (Posted on 23-03-2013)

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