Top 10 Military Coups

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Listed randomly, these military coups have been predominant in every state they represented. Read on to find out more about the Top 10 Military Coups with every country having a fair share of military rule some time or the other in the history of their respective Governments.


1. Military Coup in Honduras


June 28th 2009, the military over threw the democratically elected government of Honduras and exiled the President Manuel Zelya to Costa Rico. Next day, an emergency was called when the military disagreed to distribute ballot boxes of an opinion poll of a new Constitution. Problems arose when the President Manuel Zelya fired the head of Staff and all the heads of the branches in Honduran with military forces over threw him and succeeded in bringing a military coup.


2. Military Coup in Pakistan


The 12th of October in 1999 can be remembered by all as the day when the armed forces of Pakistan threatened to take over the Country. This coup was due to the dismissal of Gen. Pervez Musharraf when he was returning after an official tour from Sri Lanka and was denied permission to land.


3. Military Coup in Iran


Most people think that Iran has the fair and free presidential elections in the state but unfortunately, this is not true and there are examples of graft and corruption even in Iran. The Revolutionary Guard known as The Pasdaran is a military intelligence that works independently and was created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini which has the power to take control of the state in case of an emergency.


4. Military Coup in Nigeria


It took place on 15th of January, 1996. However the reasons have been misinterpreted throughout the years. The Coup took place due to Nigeria gaining independence from the UK and the domestic politics tried to emulate the earlier colonial master by taking a Westminster Style of politics.


5. Military Coup in Iraq


In August 17th, 2009 everyone expected to get rid of the prime minister and people sought the refuge of Muqtada al-Sadr. With time being short and violence increasing, it became more and more important that the Government of Iraq do something urgently for their citizens.


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