Military Coups That Shook the World Over the Past Decade

Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung Suu Kyi, along with the nation’s president and other top politicians, were detained on 1 February, with the country’s military declaring a one-year state of emergency after weeks of escalating tensions in the wake of the November election.

The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner, had won 83 percent of the available seats, with the country’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, charging that there had been massive voting fraud. The developments came on the day when Parliament was set to convene, with new members sworn in.

In the light of the recent developments, here is an overview of some of the military takeovers that shook the global political arena during the last decade.


On 18 August 2020 the military stirred up a mutiny in Mali at a military base near the capital, Bamako.

The rebels demanded political reforms, a transition of power, and a new general election, as they kidnapped several high-ranking officials, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

On 19 August Keita announced the resignation of the government and the dissolution of the parliament. The coup leaders declared the formation of a National Committee for the Salvation of the People, headed by Colonel Assimi Goita, closed the country’s borders, and imposed a curfew.
On 27 August 27 Keita was released.

After negotiations with political leaders and representatives of civil…

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