Africa has experienced seven coups since August 2020, since then armed officers have decided to take over, most recently with President Ali Bongo of Gabon.
In January 2022, mutinous soldiers led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba arrest President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
On September 30, army officers announce that they have dismissed Damiba. Captain Ibrahim Traore becomes transitional president until a new presidential election planned for July 2024.
After weeks of tension between the military and civilian leaders who had shared power since the ousting of dictator Omar al-Bashir, the armed forces led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan stage a new coup on October 25.
On April 15, 2023, a war breaks out between Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, killing at least 5,000.
In September, mutinous troops led by lieutenant-colonel Mamady Doumbouya take over in Guinea, arresting 83-year-old President Alpha Conde.
Doumbouya has pledged to return power to elected civilians by the end of 2024.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was overthrown in August 2020.
In May 2021, the Malian military takes over again after the civilian leaders of an interim government remove soldiers from some key posts.
Out of at least 242 successful military coups that have occurred globally since 1950, Africa accounts for the largest number at 106.
The colonel vows to hold free elections by February 2024.