On September 5th, a special forces unit of the Guinean military attacked the presidential palace in the capital Conakry and deposed President Alpha Conde.
This was the third coup in West Africa in the last 12 months.
David Zounmenou, senior research consultant at the Institute for Security Studies, explains the circumstances that lead to this coup. This includes the controversial decision last year by Alpha Conde to seek a constitutionally dubious third term in office. He also explains how events in Guinea fit into a broader regional trends in which once duly elected presidents become authoritarian, loose their popular legitimacy and are deposed in a coup.
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