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Title:The underlying problem of the army coups d'etat in Africa
Author:Austin, D.ISNI
Year:1966
Periodical:Optima
Volume:16
Period:June
Pages:65-72
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:coups d'état
defence
Abstract:The author examines what are the critical elements in the scene prior to the seizure of power by the army leaders. A more comping motive than distaste for corruption may occur among' other things when the politicians are failing to do their job properly, particularly when they have lost control as a result of conflict between opposed parties, Some myths are refuted in the article, e.g. that army officers in the former British territories are likely to be inhibited by their military training from seizing power, or the effectiveness of single party rule. In the end the author considers the chances of success for the soldiers in office, in the early months of their role as well as in the long run. Annex: chronology of army interventions in the African countries since 1953.
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