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Why military coups are making a comeback in Africa

By Guardian Exclusive
08 February 2022   |   1:11 pm
The African continent has recorded a spike in military coups in the last year. The latest hijack of power happened on Monday, January 24th, 2022 when some military officers in the West African nation of Burkina Faso unseated President Roch Kabore. Here are the four coups that have taken place in Africa over the past year.

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