The coup that saw Col. Mamady Doumbouya depose Guinea’s former President Alpha Conde in September was not the first nor last regime change in sub-Saharan Africa this year. Mali’s military has attempted two coups in less than a year and Sudan’s military seized power in October. Chad has also been the site of upheaval.
In the latter half of the 20th century African coups were commonplace as means of transitioning from colonial rule. After the turn of the millennium coups on the continent steadily declined until this year when they have made a fierce return.