Policy Brief - Military Coups and Their Implications on Burkina Faso’s
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Policy Brief - Military Coups and Their Implications on Burkina Faso’s

1 November 2023


Military Coups and Its 5 Implications on Burkina Faso’s Democratisation Process IPSS Policy Brief Key Points • The failure to address the lasting patronage system and lack of unity within the army leads to the spiral of coups in Burkina Faso. [...] The first generation was portrayed as “corrective coups” aimed at rectifying the States’ trajectories to the advantage of the former masters and foot soldiers (the military) during the 1960s-1980s.3 Military self-arrogated the right to intervene whenever the government failed to meet their expectations under the following: crises (Togo, 1963), reforms with limited impacts (Ghana, 1966), and revamp. [...] The second wave (2.0) emerged in the 1990s as the Cold War ended and saw the military acting on one-party and autocratic systems weakened by the dislocation of the so-called eastern communist bloc.5 This birthed a momentum (Mali 1991), that propagated a “fair coups” mindset. [...] Looking at the coup trend ruling circles.17 Such discrimination in Burkina Faso, it is understandable and negligence weakened other that deceived hopes of better sections of the Burkinabe army and wages and operational capacities left them powerless in the face of among the military cadets not only the violent extremism menace. [...] The security quagmire and its begotten urgent challenges would then be shortcomings, addressing the about defusing internal tensions COVID-19 aftermath and drawbacks (within the military and the citizenry) of recent coups within the security to break long-lasting coups and riot forces will undoubtedly drive the cycles, and to work towards returning immediate social demands for a Burkina Faso to it.

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