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E.Guinea expels ruling party members it links to coup bid

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Equatorial Guinea’s ruling party has expelled 42 of its members for their alleged role in a coup bid late last year, party sources told AFP Sunday. The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) decided to expel them for their role in the failed …

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Burkina Faso coup trial suspended after defence walkout

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | The landmark trial over a failed 2015 coup in Burkina Faso came to a dramatic halt on Tuesday just hours after it opened when defence lawyers staged a walkout. Eighty-four defendants including two former close allies of ousted president Blaise Campaore were facing a variety …

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Scores on trial over failed Burkina coup

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | More than 80 people go on trial before a military court on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in Burkina Faso, including two top generals accused of masterminding the plot. The case is being seen as a test of the credibility of justice in …

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Four ‘coup’ suspects fired from E. Guinea regime

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema fired four senior regime officials, including his grandson, in recent weeks on suspicion of collusion with a foiled December “coup”, official sources said Thursday. Ruben Clemente Nguema Engonga, president of the court of Bata city and son of …

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Equatorial Guinea dismisses ambassador after thwarted ‘coup’

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang, Africa’s longest-serving leader, dismissed the country’s ambassador to Chad on Tuesday, weeks after authorities said they had thwarted an attempted coup. Ambassador Enrique Nsue Anguesomo was removed due to “irregularities committed in the exercise of his functions,” and stripped him …

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Former DR Congo army chief accused of coup bid held in Gabon

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Democratic Republic of Congo’s former military chief, who has been accused by Kinshasa of an attempted coup against President Joseph Kabila in 2011, has been arrested in Gabon, sources told AFP. “General Faustin Munene has been arrested since Wednesday, January 10… in Gabon,” said a …

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Equatorial Guinea launches manhunt after coup bid

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Equatorial Guinea has launched a dragnet for “mercenaries” behind an attempt to overthrow President Theodoro Obiang, Africa’s longest-serving leader, a senior government official said on Friday. Separately, Chad said an Equatorial Guinean, living in exile in Europe, is believed to have been behind the attempted coup. …

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GLOBAL COMMENT: How women shape coups

According to new research, female leaders may be more likely to provoke military coups COMMENT | RAJ PERSAUD  &  PETER BRUGGEN | Recently, Zimbabwe’s generals took President Robert Mugabe into custody in an effective coup (though they insist on not calling it that). Days later, the country’s ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National …

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