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last updated 20-Aug-2020
 
 
 

Military Coups of the 21st century. We cover in this section news articles and special reports covering military coups since 2000. A military coups or coup d'état generally implies the overthrowing of a government through the use, directly or indirectly, of military power. Africa has been the main protagonist of the trend since the post-independence wars of the 1960s. This is a work in progress directory and, assisted with your ever valuable feedback, we will see ho better to develop this resource.

 
MILITARY COUP INDEX
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NOTEWORTHY RECENT COUPS

MALI (Last coup: August 18, 2020)

Mali's President resigns after he was arrested in a military coup. By Melissa Bell, Mamadou Tapily, Zamira Rahim and Helen Regan, CNN, August 19, 2020: TEXT | PICTURES

Mali's coup leaders promise elections after detaining president and prime minister. France 24 (Video by Shirli Sitbon), August 19, 2020: TEXT | VIDEO

Mali Military Coup: Why the World Is Watching. Instability in the country is likely to ripple across West Africa and beyond. By By Eric Nagourney, The New York Times, August 19, 2020: TEXT | PICTURE

Mali coup condemned by global powers with major stakes in country’s security. Analysis: Last time there was a coup under similar circumstances, it saw large swathes of Mali occupied by Islamist forces, and the country is a key base for international operations across the Sahel. By Kim Sengupta, The Independent, August 19, 2020: TEXT | PICTURES

 

DATE COUNTRY OVERTHROWN LEADER OVERTHROWING LEADER / FORCE DIRECTORY
2020
       
August 2020
Mali
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Col Malick Diaw, Col Sadio Camara & Gen Cheick Fanta Mady Dembel AFRICA
         
2019
       
April 2019
Venezuela (attempt)
President Nicolás Maduro Retired army personnel + unknown parties LATIN AMERICA
         
2017
       
November 2017
Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwean army AFRICA
         
2016
       
July 2016
Turkey (attempt)
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Fethullah Gülen movement (according to Erdogan)
         
2015
       
December 2015
Niger (attempt)
President Mahamadou Issoufou Former military chief of staff Gen Souleymane Salou and other senior military officers. AFRICA
         
2014        
November 2014
Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaoré
BF Army / Lt Col Isaac Zida
August 2014 Lesotho (attempt) Prime Minister Thomas Thabane    
May 2014
Thailand
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Thai Army - Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha
         
2013        
July 2013
Egypt
President Mohammed Morsi
Egypt Army
March 2013
Central African Republic
President Francois Bozize
To be established | Rebel group
         
2012        
March 2012
Mali
President Amadou Toumani Toure
Led by Capt Amadou Sanogo
February 2012
Maldives
President Mohamed Nasheed
Disputed coup / Resigned in the midst of unrest
         
2010        
February 2010
Niger
President Mamadou Tandja
Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD)
         
2009        
June 2009
Honduras
President Manuel Zelaya
Group of military officers and elite soldiers
         
2008        
August 2008
Mauritania
President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz
         
2006        
December 2006
Fiji
Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase
Commodore Frank Bainimarama
September 2006
Thailand
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratglin
         
2005        
August 2005
Mauritania
President Maaouiya Ould Taya
General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz
         
2004        
February 2004 Togo President Etienne Eyadema (after deceased)   AFRICA
February 2004
Haiti
President Jean-Bertrand Aristid
Rebel forces
         
2003        
September 2003
Guinea-Bissau
President Kumba Yalá
Colonel Jose Zamora Induta
July 2003
São Tomé and Príncipe
President Fradique de Menezes
 
March 2003
Central African Republic
Prime Minister Ange-Félix Patassé
Rebel leader Francois Bozize
         
2002        
April 2002
Venezuela (attempt)
President Hugo Chavez
Army generals
         
2000        
May 2000
Fiji
President Mahendra Chaudhry
Political oponent George Speight | Laisenia Qarase
January 2000
Ecuador
President Jamil Mahuad
General Carlos Mendoza
         

 

 

 
 
 

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