On 2 March 1962, the military, led by General Ne Win took control of Burma through a coup d'état. The country's official English name was changed from from the "Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma" to the "Union of Myanmar" on 18 June 1989. Elections in 2011 enabled a pseudo-civilian government to replace direct military rule, and in 2016 the long-standing opposition party, the National League for Democracy, assumed office. This arrangement ended in 2021 under the leadership of Min Aung Hlaing. This move, wildly unpopularhas led to widespread political unrest.