Post-coup governance.

Coups have not been the ultimate solutions to the issues raised by the perpetrators though.

None of these coups could have been led by civilians except Micheal Djotodia of Malia in 2013. He was the leader of the entire Muslim community and he was 1st deputy prime minister in charge of National defense so he took over power after the seleka rebellion.

Coups have been more likely to derail the process of democratic consolidation as well as or democratization as seen in Mauritania, Thailand and other countries.

In 2005 Mauritania coup, although the military was instrumental in the coup, it didn’t install a government of its own as coup leaders banned the military from running and contesting in the elections.

On the other hand, coups can have opposite effect by unseating a long serving leader from power like Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2017 and initiate democratization.

Coups can further lengthen civil wars by instigating continuous government instability as seen in Democratic republic of Congo after the overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 and in Sudan post 1989 coup.

On the other side, coups may shorten civil wars and civil conflicts when they bring to power leaders who induce power sharing governments and agreements between the different civil factions as well as conciliatory leaders like Thomas Sankara of Burkina Fuso in 1983 and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria in 1999.

Conclusively, coups can be effective though not perfect in the democratic consolidation however they can still be adversely compelling too.

They lack a uniform impact on stability, economic stability and internal threats thus coups, although illegal, can have positive impacts or negative consequences as well.

Where there is a coup, it’s unpredictable of the outcome hence awaiting.

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