List of coups d'état and coup attempts since 2010

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This is a list about coups d'états, coup attempts and coup plots since 2010 which either succeeded or failed. A list of revolutions and rebellions can be found here: list of revolutions and rebellions.

Coups and attempts since 2010[edit]

Africa[edit]

Event Date Type Country Coup leader(s) Head of state/government Notes Ref(s)
2010 Nigerien coup d'état 18 February Coup  Niger Chef d'escadron Salou Djibo President Mamadou Tandja President kidnapped and opposition leader elected into power. [1]
2010 Guinea-Bissau unrest 1 April Attempt  Guinea-Bissau Admiral Bubo Na Tchuto
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Antonio Ndjai
Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior The head of the army was captured and the Prime Minister was briefly arrested by military officers. [2]
2010 Madagascar coup d'état attempt 17 – 18 November Attempt  Madagascar Ex-Defence Minister N. Rakotonandrasanana and Colonel C. Andrianasoaviana, Head of the Special Intervention Force President Andry Rajoelina [3]
2011 Egyptian Revolution 11 February Coup  Egypt Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Mohamed Hussein Tantawi President Hosni Mubarak Following mass protests and an army's communiqué, Mubarak resigned. According to art.84 of 1971 Egyptian constitution, speaker of the People's Assembly Sorour should have succeeded him, but Tantawi took power instead. [4][5][6][7]
2011 Democratic Republic of the Congo coup d'état attempt 27 February Attempt  Democratic Republic of the Congo Unknown President Joseph Kabila Kabange Six people were killed in an attack on a residence of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. [8]
2011 Niger coup d'état attempt 26 July Attempt  Niger Unknown President Mahamadou Issoufou Five soldiers were arrested. [9]
2011 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état attempt 26 December Attempt  Guinea-Bissau Navy Chief Natchuto Bubo President Malam Bacai Sanha [10][dead link]
2012 Malian coup d'état 22 March Coup  Mali Captain Amadou Sanogo President Amadou Toumani Touré [11]
2012 Malawian constitutional crisis 5 April Attempt  Malawi Peter Mutharika President Joyce Banda [12]
2012 Malian counter-coup d'état attempt 30 April – 1 May Attempt  Mali Amadou Toumani Touré's loyalists Acting President Dioncounda Traoré, Acting Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra and coup leader and Chairperson of the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State of Mali Captain Amadou Sanogo [13][14]
2012 Ivorian coup d'état attempt 13 June Attempt  Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo loyalists President Alassane Ouattara [15]
2012 Sudanese coup d'état attempt 22 November Attempt  Sudan Unknown President Omar al-Bashir [16][dead link]
2013 Eritrean Army mutiny 21 January Attempt  Eritrea Unknown President Isaias Afwerki [17]
2013 Benin coup d'état attempt 4 March Attempt  Benin Colonel Pamphile Zomahoun President Boni Yayi [18]
April 2013 Libyan coup d'état attempt 17 April Attempt  Libya Muammar Gaddafi loyalists Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [19]
2013 Comoros coup d'état attempt 20 April Attempt  Comoros Unknown President Ikililou Dhoinine [20]
2013 Chadian coup d'état attempt 1 May Attempt  Chad Unknown President Idriss Déby At least four soldiers killed. Arrest of two generals and an MP. [21][22]
2013 Egyptian coup d'état 3 July Coup  Egypt General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi President Mohamed Morsi Protests and subsequent military coup oust President Mohamed Morsi and his elected government. [23][24][25]
October 2013 Libyan coup d'état attempt 10 October Attempt  Libya Abdel-Moneim al-Hour Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [26]
2013 Democratic Republic of the Congo coup d'état attempt 30 December Attempt  Democratic Republic of the Congo Paul-Joseph Mukungubila President Joseph Kabila Kabange [27]
February 2014 Libyan coup d'état attempt 14 February Attempt  Libya Major General Khalifa Haftar Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [28]
May 2014 Libyan coup d'état attempt 18 May Attempt  Libya Major General Khalifa Haftar Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani [29]
2014 Lesotho political crisis 30 August Attempt  Lesotho Lieutenant General Kennedy Tlai Kamoli and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing Prime Minister Tom Thabane Failed coup lead to early elections. [30]
2014 Gambian coup d'état attempt 30 December Attempt  Gambia Lieutenant Colonel Lamin Sanneh President Yahya Jammeh [31][32]
2015 Burundian coup d'état attempt 13 May Attempt  Burundi General Godefroid Niyombare President Pierre Nkurunziza Three coup leaders arrested whilst Niyombare remains on the run. [33]
2015 Burkinabé coup d'état 17 September Attempt  Burkina Faso General Gilbert Diendéré President Michel Kafando Coup fails and the Regiment of Presidential Security is dissolved. [34][35][36]
2016 Burkinabé coup d'état attempt 8 October Attempt  Burkina Faso Gaston Coulibaly President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré Failed coup attempt [37][38][39]
2016–18 Libyan coup d'état attempt 14 October – Present Ongoing  Libya Prime Minister Khalifa al-Ghawil
(claimed)
Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj
(claimed)
[40]
2016–2017 Gambian constitutional crisis 9 December 2016 – 21 January 2017 Attempt  Gambia Government of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh The dispute President Yahya Jammeh surrendered presidential duties in favour of Barrow and left the country to exile in Equatorial Guinea after two days after his Presidency deadline. [41]
2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état 14 – 21 November Coup  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe defence forces under Major General Constantino Chiwenga President Robert Mugabe After military movements are seen and explosions heard in government districts in northern Harare, the ZDF takes over state television and says that President Mugabe is in its custody, but denies mounting a coup. On 21 November, the coup ended with the resignation of Robert Mugabe. [42][43]
2017 Equatoguinean coup d'état attempt 27 – 28 December 2017 Attempt  Equatorial Guinea Unknown President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [44][45]
2019 Gabonese coup d'état attempt 7 January 2019 Attempt  Gabon Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang President Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabonese soldiers seize the national radio and television station declaring the establishment of a "restoration council". The plotters were soon arrested by the Gabonese government. [46]
2019 Sudanese coup d'état 10 April 2019 Coup  Sudan Lt. Gen. Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf President Omar al-Bashir Sudanese soldiers led by former First Vice President attacked the presidential palace and overthrew the President and his government a new government was formed. [47]
2019 Ethiopian coup d'état attempt 22 June 2019 Attempt  Ethiopia Brig. Gen. Asaminew Tsige Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
President of the Amhara Region Ambachew Mekonnen 
On 22 June Gen. Seare Mekonnen was shot by his bodyguard Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says that he and another officer tried to prevent the coup. A couple of hours before in Bahir Dar, Amhara Region the local governor Ambachew Mekonnen and an adviser were killed. [48]
A tank in downtown Harare

Asia[edit]

Thai soldiers at the Chang Phueak Gate in Chiang Mai.
Event Date Type Country Coup leader(s) Head of state/government Notes Ref(s)
2011 Bangladesh coup d'état attempt December Attempt  Bangladesh Major Syed Ziaul Haque Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [49]
2014 Thai coup d'état 22 May Coup  Thailand General Prayuth Chan-ocha Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan 2013–14 Thai political crisis and subsequent military coup oust Thai elected government, replaced by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council. [50]
2014–2015 Yemeni coup d'état 21 September – 6 February Coup  Yemen Houthis President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi Coup resulted in Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) [51]
2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt 15 – 16 July Attempt  Turkey Turkish Peace Council President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; Government of Turkey Failed attempt by factions of different branches of the armed forces at gaining control of the government. [52][53]
2018 Yemeni coup d'état 28 – 31 January 2018 Coup  Yemen Southern Transitional Council President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi [54]

Europe[edit]

Event Date Type Country Coup leader(s) Head of state/government Notes Ref(s)
Montenegrin coup plot 16 October Attempt  Montenegro Pro-Russian loyalists President Filip Vujanović
Prime Minister Duško Marković
[55]

Oceania[edit]

Event Date Type Country Coup leader(s) Head of state/government Notes Ref(s)
2012 Papua New Guinea Defence Force mutiny 26 January Small-scale mutiny, described by some as a coup attempt.  Papua New Guinea Colonel Yaura Sasa Prime Minister Peter O'Neill [56]

South America[edit]

Event Date Type Country Coup leader(s) Head of state/government Notes Ref(s)
2010 Ecuador crisis 30 September Attempt  Ecuador Unknown President Rafael Correa President Correa was attacked, then temporarily trapped in a hospital in what the secretary-general of the Organization of American States called "a coup d'etat in the making". He was later rescued by loyal troops. [57][58]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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