From The Guardian. Here is an excerpt:
The uncertainty that has engulfed Guinea Conakry, three weeks after the September 5, 2021 coup that overthrew the administration of Alpha Conde is evidence enough of the regression of the polity that unconstitutional termination of government has inflicted in Africa. Guinea’s coup was another rude awakening on the political instability in West Africa.
The region awoke to a military junta led by Mamady Doumbuya, an Army colonel, announcing the dissolution of Conde’s administration and the dissolution of the constitution. Irrespective of the circumstances that led to the coup, it is a stark and saddening disruption of constitutional democracy by which modern states are known. It is another chapter in the erasure of democratic ideals in Africa and must be condemned unequivocally.
Since the first coup in Togo on January 13, 1953, Africa has witnessed over 200 coup attempts with about half succeeding according to a research report. Incessant coup attempts are symptomatic of a continent in flux and a regress from the ideals of a modern society built on the tenets of democracy.
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