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Title:The 2008 Guinea Conakry coup: neither inevitable nor inexorable
Authors:Picard, Louis A.
Moudoud, EzzeddineISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Geographic term:Guinea
civil society
coups d'état
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589000903542590
Abstract:On 23 December 2008, the army captain Mousaa Dadis Camara seized power in a bloodless military coup in Guinea (Conakry), a mere hours after the death of long-sitting authoritarian president Lansana Conté. Using a political economy approach, this article examines the issue of democratic governance in Guinea and the impact that international donors had on the political debate in the last years of the Conté regime. Conté, who had held the office of president since 1984, had long been ill and speculation had been rife for at least the last decade as to his imminent demise. The authors' contention is that there was and continues to be an evolving pluralism and embryo group of self-defined civil society organizations in both urban and rural Guinea, but as a result of the December 2008 military coup opportunities have been lost in the promotion of democratic governance and more pluralistic group dynamics in the country. The authors argue that support for indigenous (and self-defined) civil society groups, including the development of political parties by the international community, is essential for a return to institutionalized governance. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]