Military coups are making a comeback in Africa. The 35th Heads of State Summit of the AU condemned the new wave in West Africa.
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West Africa is a core region of democratic progress in the world and also a region where many of the challenges to better and more widespread world democracy are evident. West Africa here will include fifteen countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Nigerian content on Democracy Chronicles is so extensive, it won't be automatically included here, just click the link above. Also check out our section on World Democracy.
West Africa and by extension the Sahel is undergoing a new phase of democratic ellipse, characterised by abnormal transfers of power.
A military junta has seized power in Burkina Faso, forcing President Roch Marc Kaboré to resign. Crowds welcomed the military coup.
Mali’s interim government under Colonel Assimi Goïta has proposed a five-year transition to democracy to its West African neighbors.
Benin, once West Africa’s poster child for democracy, is under fire after two opposition leaders were sentenced to harsh prison terms.
Preliminary results from Saturday’s hotly contested presidential vote in Gambia show that President Adama Barrow held a slim advantage.
Thousands blocked a French military convoy in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Saturday. This comes amidst rising anger against France in the Sahel.
A trial on the assassination of Burkina Faso’s president Thomas Sankara began Monday more than three decades after he was killed.
Africa has been afflicted by unconstitutional change of government. Guinea’s coup was another reminder of unrest in West Africa.
Guinea’s membership in the West African group ECOWAS has been revoked following a military coup that deposed President Alpha Conde.