Will military coups roll back democracy in West Africa? | Inside Story

Will military coups roll back democracy in west africa? | inside story

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Burkina Faso has now witnessed two military coups in nine months.

Leader Paul-Henri Damiba was overthrown by some of the same soldiers who backed him in the first takeover in January.

They say Dambia has to stop attacks by armed groups.

Similar takeovers in Guinea and Mali have raised fears of a rollback of democracy in West Africa.

What’s behind the instability?

And how should the international community respond?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault

Guests:

Fahiraman Rodrigue Kone – Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies

Adama Gaye – Political Commentator

Emmanuel Kwesi Aning – Visiting Chair, Uppsala University’s Nordic Africa Institute

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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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Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly known as French Guinea (French: Guinée française), the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries with “Guinea” in the name.

It’s known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast. The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad. On the coast, the capital city, Conakry, is home to the modern Grand Mosque and the National Museum.

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