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last updated 07-Sep-2021
  Military Coups of the 21st century. We cover in this section news articles and special reports covering military coups in Asia, the Pacific Region, and the Middle East 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. This is a work in progress directory and, assisted with your ever valuable feedback, we will see ho better to develop this resource.  

List by country, in alphabetical order


FIJI (Last coups: December 5, 2006 | May 19, 2000)

Fiji's junta chief steps down from military ahead of elections. Commodore Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama, who took power in a bloodless 2006 coup, announced earlier this year that he would resign as commander-in-chief in order to stand for the presidency in elections slated for September. By Matt Siegel, Reuters, March 5, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE

Fiji military chief stages coup. Commodore Frank Bainimarama has seized control of the country, marking the fourth coup in two decades. BBC News, December 5, 2006: TEXT | PICTURE

- In pictures: Fiji coup, December 5, 2006: PICTURES

Fijian military chief threatens prime minister. Commodore Frank Bainimarama urged the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, to resign, but said the military would not carry out a coup. The Guardian, November 2, 2006: TEXT | PICTURE


Fiji's military name civilian cabinet. The new prime minister, indigenous Fijian banker Laisenia Qarase will replace the deposed Mahendra Chaudhry who is still being held hostage by rebels following an attempted coup. BBC News, July 3, 2000: TEXT | PICTURES

Attempted coup in Fiji. Coup leader George Speight, a local businessman, said he was acting in the name of indigenous Fijians against a government dominated by politicians of Indian ethnic origin. BBC News, May 19, 2000: TEXT | PICTURE


THE MALDIVES (Last -disputed- coup: February 7, 2012)

Police revolt topples Maldives president. By Jethro Mullen and Richard Allen Greene, CNN, February 7, 2012: TEXT | VIDEO

Maldives president quits after 'coup'. Outgoing president's party says security forces threatened "bloodbath" if Mohamed Nasheed remained in power. AlJazeera, February 8, 2012: TEXT | PICTURE | VIDEO

Ousted at gunpoint, ex-president of Maldives takes to streets. By C. Bryson Hull, Reuters, February 8, 2012: TEXT | PICTURE

The Government of Maldives and the Commonwealth Special Envoy. Report of the Commission of National Inquiry in the Maldives, August 2012 : PDF | Executive Summary

THAILAND (Last coup: May 22, 2014)

Thai general denies military coup was planned. "If it were planned that would be illegitimate. If you are wondering why this happened so smoothly, that was because forces were already deployed...", Lt Gen Chatchalerm Chalermsukh said. BBC News, June 26, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | VIDEO

As it happened: Thailand coup. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that the military is taking control of the government whilst cabinet ministers are told to report to a military base north of Bangkok. By Mohamed Madi, Jastinder Khera, Amber Dawson, Andree Massiah, Penny Spiller and Anna Browning, BBC News, May 22, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

- In pictures: Protests against Thailand coup: PICTURES

Thai PM deposed in military coup. Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratglin said the military leadership had formed a council for political reform and ousted the Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. BBC News, September 20, 2006: TEXT | PICTURE




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