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The attacks come amid a wave of political instability across the Sahel, with two coups taking place in Mali within the past year, one in Chad and an aborted coup in Niger.
This complicates electoral preparations ahead of presidential polls on February 21. The contest is likely to be tense given recent clampdowns on regime critics, including…
Trends in approaches to coups in Africa.
Although some countries have seen peaceful transfers of power to opposition parties -- such as in Cape Verde last month and Nigeria in March 2015 -- the trend is towards…
NIGER: Coup 'plot' will help leader's re-election
The preponderance of weak states in sub-Saharan Africa provides ample scope for non-state actors to seize territory