African coups in chronological order

Aug 31, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

A social media-circulating televised statement claimed that Gabon’s military personnel had taken control on Wednesday.

That happened minutes after Gabon’s electoral commission declared that incumbent President Ali Bongo had won a third term, extending his family’s 50-year control over the oil-rich Central African nation of 2.3 million.

A successful coup would be the 10th in West and Central Africa since 2017.

Niger’s military took over the government in July, causing regional shockwaves and attracting important nations.

Recent African coups are shown.

The Sudanese Military Forces overthrew President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019, late in the afternoon, after major protests. The army under Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf ousted the government and the National Legislature and declared three months of emergency. After a two-year transition, an agreement was reached.

2020 Malian coup d’état: On August 18, 2020, some members of the Malian Military Forces rebelled, and a coup followed. Detained government officials included President Ibrahim Boubacar Keta, who resigned and dissolved the government. This was the country’s second coup in 10 years after 2012.

2021 In the evening of May 24, 2021, Vice President Assimi Gota’s Malian Army overthrew President Bah N’daw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, and Minister of Defence Souleymane Doucouré. The nation’s third coup d’état occurred 10 years after military takeovers in 2012 and 2020, nine months earlier.

2021 Tunisian self-coup: On July 25, 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied overthrew the Hichem Mechichi administration, suspended the Assembly of Representatives of the People, and withdrew its immunity. The self-coup followed a political turmoil marked by anti-Ennahda riots and the collapse of Tunisia’s healthcare system during the COVID-19 epidemic.

2021 Guinean coup: The military kidnapped President Alpha Condé on September 5, 2021. Mamady Doumbouya aired the special forces leader’s announcement of the government’s and constitution’s dissolution on state television.

2021 Sudanese coup: On October 25, 2021, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the military overthrew the government. Five prominent government officials were first arrested.

January 2022 On January 23, 2022, Burkina Faso had a coup. On January 24, the military announced President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s removal on television.

September 2022 Burkina Faso coup d’état: On September 30, 2022, a coup d’état overthrew Temporary President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba for failing to control the Islamic insurgency. Damiba took control eight months earlier in a coup. Captain Ibrahim Traoré took over acting.

2023 Nigerien coup d’état: President Mohamed Bazoum was arrested by the presidential guard on July 26, 2023. After proclaiming the coup successful, presidential guard commander General Abdourahamane Tchiani formed a military junta.

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