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This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.

US President Joe Biden has condemned Monday's military takeover in Myanmar, calling for a quick restoration of democracy and warning that Washington could reimpose sanctions.

Biden said [quote] “The international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized.”

He added the United States is taking note of those who stand with the people of Burma in this difficult hour.

Burma is the name the United States used for Myanmar before its transition to democracy 10 years ago.

Myanmar's military seized control of the country Monday, imposing a one-year state of emergency. An announcement read on the military's Miyawati TV said the seizure was necessary because the democratic government had not acted on claims of voter fraud following November's elections.

The announcement newly [scheduled] elections would follow at the end of one year. The military said it would hand power to the winner of those elections.

In the early morning hours Monday, security forces seized the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint as well as other senior politicians belonging to the ruling National League for Democracy party.

Late Monday, Myanmar state television announced the removal of 24 of Aung San Suu Kyi's ministers and 11 new appointments. At least one of the new ministers had served in the military government that preceded the transition to democracy.

The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on the situation for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, widespread communication shutdowns, a curfew and the existing restrictions designed to curtail COVID-19 have restricted access to communications for ordinary Burmese citizens.

More of this on our website voanews.com. This is the VOA news.