Have you sat to think why military coups occur in West Africa more frequently than in East or Southern Africa?
Gambia is the latest country to suffer a failed attempt at a coup.
The West African bloc ECOWAS has hailed Gambian troops for thwarting the alleged coup attempt against President Adama Barrow’s government.
The incident marks the seventh time the military in West Africa has tried to seize power in the last three years—in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, and now the Gambia, mainland Africa’s smallest nation.
They succeeded only in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. Both in Mali and Burkina Faso, two coups were staged within the same period.
Why are these coups taking place more in West Africa than other African sub regions?