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List of coups d'état and coup attempts since 2010

This is a list of coups d'état and coup attempts since 2010 which either succeeded or failed. A list of revolutions and rebellions can be found here: list of revolutions and rebellions.

Coups and attempts since 2010

Coups d'état and coup attempts since 2010
Event Date Type Country Coup leader Head of state/government Notes
2010 Nigerien coup d'état 18 February Coup Niger Chef d'escadron Salou Djibo President Mamadou Tandja President kidnapped and opposition leader elected into power
2010 Guinea-Bissau unrest 1 April Attempt Guinea-Bissau Admiral Bubo Na Tchuto and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Antonio Ndjai Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior The head of the army was captured and the Prime Minister was briefly arrested by military officers.[1]
2010 Ecuador crisis September Attempt Ecuador Unknown President Rafael Correa President Correa was attacked, then temporarily trapped in a hospital in what the secretary-general of the Organization of American States called "a coup d'etat in the making". He was later rescued by loyal troops.[2][3]
2010 Madagascar coup d'état attempt 17-18 November Attempt Madagascar Ex-Defense Minister N. Rakotonandrasanana and Colonel C. Andrianasoaviana, Head of the Special Intervention Force President[4] Andry Rajoelina [5]
2011 Egyptian coup d'état February 11 Coup Egypt Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Mohamed Hussein Tantawi President Hosni Mubarak Following mass protests and an army’s communiqué, Mubarak resigned. According to art.84 of 1971 Egyptian constitution, speaker of the People's Assembly Sorour should have succeeded him, but Tantawi took power instead.[6][7][8][9]
2011 Democratic Republic of the Congo coup d'état attempt 27 February Attempt Democratic Republic of the Congo Unknown President Joseph Kabila Kabange Six people were killed in an attack on a residence of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.[10]
2011 Niger coup d'état attempt 26 July Attempt Niger Unknown President Mahamadou Issoufou Five soldiers were arrested.[11]
2011 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état attempt 26 December Attempt Guinea-Bissau Navy Chief Natchuto Bubo President Malam Bacai Sanha [12]
2011 Bangladesh coup d'état attempt December Attempt Bangladesh Major Syed Ziaul Haque Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [13]
2011–12 Papua New Guinean constitutional crisis 26 January Attempt Papua New Guinea Former Prime Minister Sir Michael Thomas Somare Prime Minister Peter O'Neill [14]
2012 Malian coup d'état 22 March Coup Mali Malian soldiers, Captain Amadou Sanogo President Amadou Toumani Touré [15]
2012 Malawi coup d'état attempt 5 April Attempt Malawi Peter Mutharika President Joyce Banda [16]
2012 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état 12 April Coup Guinea-Bissau Army Vice Chief of Staff General Mamadu Ture Kuruma Acting President Raimundo Pereira and ex-Prime Minister and presidential candidate Carlos Gomes Júnior [17]
2012 Malian counter-coup d'état attempt 30 April-1 May Attempt Mali Amadou Toumani Touré's loyalists Acting President Dioncounda Traoré, Acting Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra and coup leader and Chairperson of the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State of Mali captain Amadou Sanogo [18][19]
2012 Ivorian coup d'état attempt June 13 Attempt Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo's loyalists President Alassane Ouattara [20]
2012 Sudanese coup d'état attempt November 22 Attempt Sudan Unknown President Omar al-Bashir [21]
2013 Benin coup d'état attempt March 4 Attempt Benin Col. Pamphile Zomahoun President Boni Yayi [22]
2013 Libyan coup d'état attempt (first) April 17 Attempt Libya Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [23]
2013 Comoros coup d'état attempt April 20 Attempt Comoros Unknown President Ikililou Dhoinine [24]
2013 Chadian coup d'état attempt May 1 Attempt Chad Unknown President Idriss Déby At least four soldiers killed. Arrest of two generals and an MP. [25][26]
2013 Egyptian coup d'état July 3 Coup Egypt General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi President Mohamed Morsi Protests and subsequent military coup oust President Mohamed Morsi and his elected government.[27][28][29]
2013 Libyan coup d'état attempt (second) October 10 Attempt Libya Abdel-Moneim al-Hour Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [30]
2014 Thai coup d'état May 22 Coup Thailand General Prayuth Chan-ocha Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan 2013–14 Thai political crisis and subsequent military coup oust Thai elected government, replaced by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council.[31]
Abkhaz Revolution of 2014 May 27-June 1 Attempt Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba President Aleksandr Ankvab Eventually led to Ankvab resigning and Valeri Bganba becoming the acting president.
2014 Lesotho political crisis August 30 Attempt Lesotho Lieutenant General Kennedy Tlai Kamoli and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing Prime Minister Tom Thabane Failed coup lead to early elections.[32]
2014–15 Yemeni coup d'état 21 September-6 February Coup Yemen Houthis Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi Coup resulted in Yemeni Civil War (2015)
2014 Gambian coup d'état attempt December 30 Attempt Gambia Former head of the presidential guards Lamin Sanneh President Yahya Jammeh [33][34]
2015 Burundian coup d'état attempt 13 May Attempt Burundi General Godefroid Niyombare President Pierre Nkurunziza[35] Three coup leaders arrested whilst Niyombare remains on the run.[36]

See also


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  2. ^ Bronstein, Hugh; Valencia, Alexandra (Fri Oct 1), Ecuador's Correa asserts control as police chief quits, Reuters, retrieved Tue Oct 5  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ COBA, TATIANA (Thu Sep 30). "Protesting police throw Ecuador into chaos". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved Tue Oct 5.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Of the High Transitional Authority.
  5. ^ "Madagascar coup attempt fails". The Guardian (London). 21 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Egypt Erupts in Jubilation as Mubarak Steps Down". 11 February 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
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  8. ^ "A coup for democracy?". 14 February 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
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  10. ^ "DR Congo: Six killed in 'coup bid' against Kabila". BBC News. 27 February 2011. 
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  12. ^ "2011 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état attempt". [dead link]
  13. ^ "Bangladesh army 'foils coup' against Sheikh Hasina". BBC News. 19 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "PM - Failed coup in PNG 27/01/2012". 1975-04-04. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
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  17. ^ "Fate of Guinea-Bissau leaders unknown". 13 April 2012. [dead link]
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  19. ^ "Gunfire erupts in Mali's Bamako, junta claims control". Reuters. 1 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ivory Coast claims foiled pro-Gbagbo coup | Radio Netherlands Worldwide". 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  21. ^ "International News | World News - ABC News". Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  22. ^ "BBC News - Benin foils 'coup attempt' against President Yayi". 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
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  24. ^ "Comores: coup d'État déjoué (autorités)". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  25. ^ "At least 4 dead in Chad coup attempt: security sources". Reuters. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  26. ^ "Two generals, pro-Deby MP arrested for Chad coup plot: prosecutor". Reuters. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  27. ^ "Coup topples Egypt's Morsy; supporters reportedly rounded up". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  28. ^ "Egypt’s Non-Democratic Coup d’État and Turkey’s Response". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  29. ^ "Yes, That’s a Coup in Egypt". 3 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  30. ^ "BBC News - Libya PM Zeidan's brief kidnap was 'attempted coup'". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  31. ^ "Thai military says it's taken over the country in a coup". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "Military coup under way in Lesotho". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  33. ^ "U.S. Embassy Describes Coup Attempt in Gambia". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Yayha Jammeh: Gambia president 'home after coup plot'". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  35. ^ "Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza returns to Bujumbura". BBC News. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  36. ^ "Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza returns to Bujumbura". BBC News. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 

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