Amazon Quiz: Which African country saw a second military coup in 2022?



Central African Republic

Burkina Faso

South Sudan

Answer: Burkina Faso

A coup d’état took place in Burkina Faso on September 30, 2022, removing Interim President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba over his alleged inability to deal with the country’s Islamist insurgency. Damiba had come to power in a coup d’état just eight months earlier. Captain Ibrahim Traoré took over as interim leader.

The coup came in the aftermath of the January 2022 Burkina Faso coup d’état. The January coup had been motivated by the Burkinabe government’s inability to contain the jihadist insurgency in Burkina Faso. A group of army officers overthrew President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, installing the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, a military junta, with Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba as its head. The coup was initially welcomed by many in Burkina Faso, as the previous government had become deeply unpopular due to its failure to deal with the insurgency.

However, the new regime was also unable to defeat the rebels and instead lost even more territory to Jihadists and other militants. By September 2022, nearly 40 percent of Burkina Faso was controlled by non-state forces. Meanwhile, Damiba fired his defense minister and assumed the position himself. Several of the officers who had supported the January coup became dissatisfied with Damiba’s rule, later claiming that he had not focused enough on defeating the insurgents and instead pursued his own goals. These disgruntled officers were mainly young and served directly at the front.  Public support for Damiba also declined.

The dissatisfied elements, led by Captain Ibrahim Traoré, thus planned their own coup. 

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