Restoring democracy after coup: A quick guide for Africa

Niger has joined the list of West African countries that upended constitutional rule. On 26th July 2023, following the path of Guinea, Burkina Faso and Mali, the Nigerien military took over the government.

Experts say these coups have grave implications for West Africa’s political stability, economic certainty and social cohesion. For example, sanctions placed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS have affected Niger and its trading partners. Also, Burkina Faso has lost about forty percent of its territories to non-state armed groups due to the lack of a cohesive central government. To curb the issue of political instability, economic uncertainty and social unrest in the region, the military government must transition to democratic rule. An effective transition to democracy requires the transitional government to seek the views of the citizens, restore the constitution, and adopt consensual democracy….

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