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Uganda: Developments since Amin

This background briefing examines the political development in Uganda after the defeat of General Idi Amin in April 1979. President Lule was appointed by the UNLF but he resigned after 69 days in office due to conflict in the Parliament. Binaisa w...

Seychelles

"International attention was strongly focussed on the Seychelles island group late in November following the abortive coup attempt and hijacking of the Air India aircraft. This Brief Report focusses on : 1. Statistics and other Background informa...

Ghana

"On New Year's Eve 1982, a military coup overthrew the constitutionally elected government of Ghana - the spiritual home of African independence. This latest overthrow is the fifth in Ghana's post-independence history. This brief report focusses ...

The Coup d'etat in Liberia

Liberia achieved independence in 1847, and the coup d’etat of 12 April 1980 which deposed President William Tolbert upset a tradition of political stability. However, the coup was not unexpected. Disaffection with the regime had led to confrontati...

The Power of Regional Economic Communities: Predicting Future Trends and Mitigating the Phenomenon of Unconstitutional Power Alteration in Africa

"Using secondary sources of information and participant observations, the paper presents a historical overview of unconstitutional power alternations in Africa, explores the provisions available to the RECs in addressing current trends and the cha...

Africa 2008 – 2009: Retrospective look at the past year and forecast for the new year

"The present Situation Report is an attempt to make sense of the various and contrasting developments that marked the year 2008 in Africa from a human security perspective.It also provides some clues to understand the events that are likely to sha...

Lesotho's troubled road

This brief reports describes the reasons and consequences of the coup d’etat in Lesotho on 20 January this year. The government of Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan and his ruling party faced two interrelated problems before the coup: waning domestic...

SAIIA Newsletter No. 5, 1970

This newsletter contains four articles and two brief reports: Luciano Tomassini’s article concerns Latin American nationalism in the light of the Consensus of Vina del Mar, where the Latin American governments concluded that the domestic effort...

Transition with Minimal Assistance: Lessons from Guinea-Bissau?

"The aim of this paper is to provide a brief chronological account of the ensuing crisis and the regional and international response – starting with the civil war and the peacemaking process that led to the signing of a peace accord in Abuja in No...

Zimbabwe’s Very Peculiar Coup

Zimbabwe’s military has detained the country’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, and taken control of the streets of the capital and the main television station. The next step – apparently, a legitimate-looking transf...

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