Activists including Myanmar citizens protest in Tokyo on July 26, 2022, against Myanmar’s recent execution of four prisoners
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Myanmar’s military junta is losing some control over the country, but its execution of four high-profile leaders and prisoners sends a warning to Myanmar citizens and the rest of the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba is sworn in as head of state in Burkina Faso on February 16 after the January military coup.
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Des manifestants tiennent une photo du lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, qui a mené le coup d'État contre le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré.
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Avec le dernier coup d'État au Burkina Faso, les décideurs politiques ouest-africains, français et américains sont à la croisée des chemins.
L'ancien président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré a été mis aux arrêts.
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L'Afrique a connu plus de tentatives de coup d'État en 2021 qu’au cours des cinq années précédentes réunies.
An honorary guard of Burkina Faso soldiers.
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Democracy is messy. It facilitates change, but through an imperfect process of self-correction. This requires patience, engagement, and commitment.
Un véhicule blindé russe de transport de troupes dans les rues de Bangui.
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Ce n’est qu’en accordant la priorité aux aspects civils de la gouvernance, tels que l'éducation et la santé, que l'État sera protégé des rébellions susceptibles de remettre en cause son pouvoir.
A convoy of Malian armed forces escorts the vehicle of the country’s coup leader as he returns from a recent ECOWAS summit where Mali was suspended.
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Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
President Ndaw, centre, as Vice-President Goïta (in uniform) looks on, during his inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020.
Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
Mahamat Idriss Deby, right, greets his brother Zakaria during the state funeral for their father Chadian President Idriss Deby.
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The recent spate of military takeovers, most recently in Chad, highlights a developing trend by armed forces in Africa which overtly subvert constitutional governance.
Insurrection at the US Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021.
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Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, disrupting Congress’s certification of Joe Biden as president-elect. Coup experts explain this violent insurrection wasn’t technically a coup.
Protesters against the government of Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino took to the streets of Lima in November 2020.
Peru is the latest in a chain of Latin American countries where a leader has been removed via a ‘parliamentary coup’.
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The link between foreign military training and local insurgencies has yet to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
‘I want to produce such an impression of utter weariness and ennui that my readers will imagine the book could only have been written by a cretin,’ Flaubert wrote.
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Is a 19th-century French author’s cosmic joke turning into a real-life global nightmare?
The late Robert Mugabe, a few months before he was removed from office in a coup.
When the military intervened against Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2017, it wasn’t widely called a military coup. New research shows that’s exactly what it was.
Outgoing Bissau-Guinean President Jose Mario Vaz casts his ballot in Bissau during the country’s March legislative elections.
There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about Bissau-Guinean politics going forward.
Supporters of Sudan’s military rulers rally in Khartoum.
The killing of protesters by the Sudanese military signifies its reluctance to hand over power, as demanded by the African Union.
Protesters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan.
The African Union’s policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
A coup attempt failed in Gabon, following President Ali Bongo’s extended illness and absence.
Gabon is a wealthy and stable country and this might explain why the January 7 coup attempt failed.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.
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Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, has rigged elections, jailed rivals and plunged Venezuela into crisis. But Trump’s proposed ‘military option’ to remove him remains unpopular.
Turkish people in Ankara attempting to stop a military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 16, 2016.
2018 is on track to become only the second coup-free year in a century. Coup risk is way down worldwide, thanks to growing political stability in Latin America. Africa has the highest risk of coup.