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Overview of African Coups, 2000-2021

Overview of African Coups, 2000-2021

Overview of African Coups, 2000-2021

Military coups have been a frequent appearance in Africa in the decades. Recent situations in Guinea are the latest example of the army interrupting internal politics.

So, what are the military coups that have taken place in Africa after 2000?

 

Table  below presents an overview of African coups from 2000 to 2021

COUNTRY

CAPITAL CITY

DATE OF INDEPENCE

POPULATION

REGION

DATE OF COUP

OVERTHROWN LEADER

COLONIAL MASTER

 

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

 

Guinea

Conakry

2 October 1958

12,77 million

West Africa

September 2021

Alpha Conde

France

French

Mali

Bamako

22 Sept. 1960

19,66 million

West Africa

August 2020

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

France

French

Sudan

Khartoum

19 December 1955

42,81 million

East Africa

April 2019

Omar al-Bashir

Great Britain

Arabic- English

Zimbabwe

Harare

18 Aprıl 1980

14,65 million

Southern Africa

November 2017

Robert Mugabe

Great Britain

English+15 language

Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou

5 September 1960

20,32 million

West Africa

September 2015

Michel Kafando

France

French

Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou

5 September 1960

20,32 million

West Africa

October2014

Blaise Compaoré

France

French

Egypt

Cairo

28 February 1922

100,4 million

North-eastern Africa

July 2013

Mohammed Morsi

Great Britain

Arabic

CAR

Bangui

13 August 1960

4,934 million

Central Africa

March 2013

François Bozize

France

French and Sangho

Guinea-Bissau

Bissau

10 October 1974

2.023 million

West Africa

April 2012

Carlos Gomes Junior

Portugal

Portuguese

Mali

Bamako

22 Sept. 1960

19,66 million

West Africa

March 2012

Amadou Toumani Toure

France

French

Niger

Niamey

3 August 1960

23,31 million

West Africa

February 2010

Mamadou Tandja

France

French

Madagaskar

Antananarivo

26 June 1960 

28,591 million

East Africa

March 2009

Marc Ravalomanana

France

Malagasy and French

Guinea

Conakry

2 October 1958

12,77 million

West Africa

December 2008

Lansana Conte

France

French

Mauritania

Nouakchott

28 Nov. 1960

4.804 million

North Africa

August 2008

Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi

France

Arabic

Mauritania

Nouakchott

28 Nov. 1960

4.804 million

North Africa

August 2005

Maaouiya Ould Taya

France

Arabic

Togo

Lome

27 April 1960

8.082 million

West Africa

February 2005

Etienne Eyadema (after deceased)

France

French

Guinea-Bissau

Bissau

10 October 1974

2.023 million

West Africa

September 2003

Kumba Yalá

Portugal

Portuguese

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé

12 July 1975

215.056

West Africa

July 2003

*Fradique de Menezes

Portugal

Portuguese

CAR

Bangui

13 August 1960

4,934 million

Central Africa

March 2003

Ange-Félix Patassé

France

French and Sangho

*Negotiations between the government and the coup leaders began on the second day of the coup Leaders of the 2003 coup were given amnesty for reinstating the president.