Mali coup: Has the frequency of military coups increased in Africa?


  • Christopher Giles and Peter Moy
  • BBC News

Malian army supporters celebrate the army's takeover

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Malian army supporters took to the streets to celebrate the army’s takeover

Military coups have been a frequent occurrence in Africa in the decades since its countries’ independence.

The recent events in Mali are just another example of the army’s attempt to influence the course of events. It is the second military intervention there in less than a year.

In neighboring Niger, a coup attempt was thwarted in March, just days before the inauguration of the president.

So, are military interventions happening more frequently on the African continent?

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