THE COMING OF TYRANTS I


Motivele foarte bine intenţionate pentru o lovitură de stat? Relele principale: corruption, mismanagement, tribalism, nepotism and other assorted malpractices. They intervened and restored honest and efficient government and national integrity.
De aia e Africa aşa cum e.

Weapons and Warfare

General Eyadéma

In the first two decades of African independence, there were some forty successful coups and countless attempted coups. In 1967 a 27-year-old Ghanaian army lieutenant, Sam Arthur, finding himself in temporary command of an armoured car unit, decided on an attempt to seize power because, he later confessed, he wanted to ‘make history’ by becoming the first lieutenant successfully to organise a coup. The coup attempt was given the name ‘Operation Guitar Boy’. Arthur’s armoured car unit drove into Accra but failed to gain control.

Many coups were accomplished without violence. Some countries even established a tradition of peaceful coups. In Dahomey – later renamed Benin – all six coups after independence were bloodless. In Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), where political activity was confined to such a small elite that incoming ministers tended to be related to those who had just been thrown out, politicians took pride in…

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