ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Rise of Coups in Africa


Recently, a disturbing pattern has emerged across the African continent, a pattern that threatens democratic governance and stability—military coups. From Guinea in the West to Sudan in the East, a band of countries has experienced a rise in military takeovers, raising concerns about the future of demo­cracy in Africa.

On 30 August 2023, the military in the Central African country Gabon took control of the government right after the election authorities declared that the sitting president, Ali Bongo, had won the recent election. The presidential elections were held in the country on 26 August. On 30 August, it was announced that Bongo, who had been the country’s leader for 14 years, won a third term. But soon, the military took over. They nullified the election results, closed the borders, and dissolved many government organisations, including parliament. 

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Updated On : 8th Dec, 2023
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