1983 Upper Voltan coup d'état attempt

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The 1983 Upper Voltan coup d'état attempt was an event which took place on 28 February 1983, in the Republic of Upper Volta (today Burkina Faso), just a few months after a previous coup d'état on 7 November 1982, carried out by radical elements of the army against the regime of Colonel Saye Zerbo, who himself came to power in a 1980 coup against Major General Sangoulé Lamizana.[1] The coup attempt on 28 February, which targeted the Council of Popular Salvation and its leader Major Dr. Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, failed.[2]

President Ouédraogo would however not remain in power for long – large protest against his rule began on 17 May, after he purged the government of several radicals including Captain Thomas Sankara. Within a few months, he was deposed in a coup on 3 August, led by Captain Blaise Compaoré, who made his close friend Sankara President. This began a period of societal transformation in Upper Volta, soon renamed Burkina Faso by the left-wing revolutionary Sankara, who himself would be overthrown in 1987 by Compaoré.[3]

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  1. ^ Manson, Katrina; Knight, James (2012). Burkina Faso. Chalfont St Peter: Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 26–27. ISBN 184-162-352-0. 
  2. ^ Rupley, Lawrence; Bangali, Lamissa; Diamitani, Boureima (2013). Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. p. 52. ISBN 081-088-010-5. 
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris M., ed. (2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. London: Routledge. p. 122. ISBN 113-426-490-9.