Expert: Coups in African countries a sign ‘democracy is in trouble’

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Following the military #coup in Burkina Faso, the Economic Community of West #African States (ECOWAS) announced on Tuesday that an extraordinary summit will be held in the coming days to check the situation.

In an interview with CGTN, Ousseni Illy, a teacher-researcher in public law at the Thomas Sankara University in Ouagadougou, said that the coups in African countries are a sign that “#democracy is in trouble.” However, he also raised an important question: Is it better to have a broken democracy or a good coup?

“I’m afraid that after years of turmoil, people are starting to think that maybe a coup is better than a shaky democracy,” he said. “If it’s the case, then yes, we are in big trouble.”

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In This Story: Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.

The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé, and its capital is Ouagadougou.

Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10-15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.

The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence.

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