3 coups that have taken place in West Africa over the past year
A coup is the sudden overthrow of a government, by a military force differing from a revolution by being carried out by a small group of people who replace only the leading figures. The coup was almost classified as a thing of the past until recently. Over the past year, there have been a series of coupons on the African continent precisely West Africa. In this article, we give you three such coups that have taken place over the past year.
1 . Firstly, BURKINA FASO – January 24, 2022
On Monday, January 24th, 2022, some military officers in Burkina Faso detained the country’s President Roch Kabore and took over power. This marked yet another one in a series of coups that have taken place in the region over the past year.
A reason given by the military in Burkina Faso for taking over power is the alleged inability of the President’s government ‘to stem an Islamic militant insurgency that has been ravaging the country for some years now.
The military had been complaining that they were not given enough resources to combat the insurgents. Therefore, by taking over power, they can give themselves all the resources to do just that.
2 . Secondly, GUINEA – September 5, 2021
On Sunday, September 5th, 2021, military officers surrounded the presidential palace in Conakry, to take over power. Some hours later, heavy gun fires were heard in the city. After which President Alpha Condé was captured and detained by the military. The Guinean coup was led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces commander. The reason he gave was that there was too much poverty and corruption in the country.
3 . Also, Chad – April 20, 2021
Some people do not like to regard this event as a coup, but it was technically a coup. Between April 11 and April 20, Chad’s former President Idriss Déby took Commander-In-Chief to a whole new level. He went to the battlefield with the military as they fought against rebels.
Unfortunately, on the 9th day of the invidious, he was killed on the frontline. Per the country’s constitution, the Speaker of parliament was to assume the role of president in the face of such an event.
Instead, the military quickly dissolved the parliament. They then made the late President’s son General Mahamat Déby the acting President. Part of his responsibilities includes overseeing a transition to elections which should take place sometime this year.
It is yet to be seen whether the said elections would actually take place. And also if the military would be willing to hand over power to a civilian authority.
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