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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 ATTEMPTED COUPS

TURKEY - July 16, 2016. The coup attempt began on Friday evening 16 July when a section of the armed forces placed tanks in positions on key bridges in Istanbul to block traffic. Over 265 people were killed between late Friday and early Saturday, including about 104 alleged coup participants and 161 civilians.

Turkey coup: Who was behind Turkey coup attempt? The AKP government claims that a military prosecutor is behind the attempt, along with 46 officers whose names were leaked to media late at night. By Ezgi Basaran, BBC News, July 17, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

How Turkish media was raided during coup attempt. State broadcaster TRT was taken over first, with one of its journalists forced to read a statement by the army group at about 22:00 BST. BBC News, July 17, 2016: TEXT | VIDEO | SOCIAL MEDIA

Turkish coup attempt: what is the Gülenist movement? President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish government has pointed the finger at the Gülenist movement, also known as Hizmet. But what is the Gülenist movement, and who is its leader? We take a look at the organisation and how it has affected Erdoğan’s presidencyThe Guardian, July 16, 2016: VIDEO

Turkey foils coup attempt; president demands U.S. turn over cleric he blames for uprising. The alleged mastermind was Gen. Akin Ozturk, who commanded the Turkish air force until last summer and was a member of the Supreme Military Council. By Erin Cunningham, Liz Sly, and Zeynep Karatas. The Washington Post, July 16, 2016: MULTIMEDIA | MAP

Turkey's post-coup sees thousands of arrests, suspensions. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's retribution continues as the number of people arrested with alleged links to the plot reached 7,543. They included more than 6,000 soldiers, 100 police officers, 755 judges and prosecutors and 650 civilians. Deutsche Welle, July 19, 2016: TEXT | VIDEO

 

DATE COUNTRY OVERTHROWN LEADER OVERTHROWING LEADER / FORCE DIRECTORY
         
2014        
November 1, 2014
Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaoré
BF Army / Lt Col Isaac Zida
May 22, 2014
Thailand
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Thai Army - Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha
         
         
2013        
July 4, 2013
Egypt
President Mohammed Morsi
Egypt Army
March 24, 2013
Central African Republic
President Francois Bozize
To be established | Rebel group
         
2012        
March 22, 2012
Mali
President Amadou Toumani Toure
Led by Capt Amadou Sanogo
February 7, 2012
Maldives
President Mohamed Nasheed
Led by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
         
2010        
February 19, 2010
Niger
President Mamadou Tandja
Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD)
         
2009        
June 28, 2009
Honduras
President Manuel Zelaya
Group of military officers and elite soldiers
         
2008        
August 6, 2008
Mauritania
President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz
         
2006        
December 5, 2006
Fiji
Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase
Commodore Frank Bainimarama
September 20, 2006
Thailand
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratglin
2005        
August 3-4, 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
2003        
September 2003
Guinea-Bissau
President Kumba Yalá
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
President Hugo Chavez
         
2000        
May 2000
Fiji
President Mahendra Chaudhry
Political oponent George Speight | Laisenia Qarase
January 2000
Ecuador
President Jamil Mahuad

 

 

 
 
 

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