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Questions about governments or politics related to a sudden, violent and illegal seizure of power from a government

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What are the arguments for and against describing the Tunisian political crisis as a coup?

In July, the Tunisian President Kais Saied declared a state of emergency, dismissing the Prime Minister and suspending the Tunisian parliament. On 24 August, he extended the state of emergency ...
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How might a business overthrow the U.S. government? [closed]

Is there any way that a high-end fortune 500 company with the technological development of Google or Apple could successfully overthrow the U.S. government?
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Seeking a study claiming that a successful coup d’etat only requires a small percentage of the population

I remember coming across a study, possibly featured in a John Oliver segment, that found that a successful coup needs only a surprisingly small percentage of the population; I think it was like 1-3% ...
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When the dictators execute the coup and become the head of the country do they pay the international debts of country?

There are so many coups happened in the history, and many of them in 20th century only, and after every coup a single man becomes the main head of the country, often called as dictator. My question is ...
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Is there a coup going on in Bolivia?

Recently Bolivia held presidential elections which were highly questioned in terms of legitimacy and led to massive protests in the country accusing the government of fraud. This situation, and the ...
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Why doesn't PRC help install a new leadership or stage a coup to preserve DPRK -- or even take it over altogether before the US does?

I realize the title of this question is a bit odd and apparently counter-intuitive, and might give someone a good chuckle, but bear with me for a second. The People's Republic of China and the ...
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How can I find case studies of harsh reactions of conservative forces in response to sweeping reforms?

I am working on New Institutional economists' theories (in particular those of North, Khan and Weingast) and I am looking for case studies of reformers miscalculating their powers and being the ...
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Did Leopoldo Lopez take part in a coup against Hugo Chavez?

Leopoldo Lopez is currently in jail in Venezuela. He is considered to be a political opponent of Maduro, and his imprisonment is one of the main reasons why the 2018 Venezuelan elections were ...
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Why is the failed Turkish coup blamed on Gülen, when military coups have historically been secular?

Turkish President Erdoǧan has blamed the 2016 coup attempt on the Islamic Gülen movement. Fethullah Gülen is a cleric and former ally of Erdoǧan. Historically, Turkish military coups were carried ...
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Did the US encourage the 2002 military coup against Chavez?

I have a problem. I'm trying to understand the crisis in Venezuela at the moment, and I've seen many videos on Youtube which purport to explain it correctly. Many videos make starkly opposite claims, ...
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Can a militia (for example, a mafia's armed wing) defeat a nation's army and take over the government? [closed]

As the question suggests, is there a scenario where a mafia or some sort of armed gang roll out their forces on public roads, then attack the nation's army and declare a coup? If this were possible, ...
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Why does the US government fail to declare the recent Morsi coup of Egypt as a Coup?

It is clear from many media outlets and the ground facts that the overthrow of the democratically elected leader of Egypt was indeed a coup. But, the USA is hesitant to declare it as a coup. What are ...
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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

With the currently unfolding events in Turkey (attempted coup by the military) one of my first harsher reactions is this: Is President Erdogan trying to have a quasi coup (or quasi terrorist plot) ...
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What are the main policy differences between Emmerson Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe?

Most of the reporting around recent events in Zimbabwe merely notes the high notes (military deposed Mugabe, seemingly mostly to prevent his wife Grace from succeeding him as a ruler, presumably in ...
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Can a US citizen sue CIA for sponsoring the coup in Iran? [closed]

This question is a continuation of the question, asked here. As far as the international laws are concerned Iran can not sue US nor CIA for its participation of the coup of 1953. Is this also true ...
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Can Iran sue US for the coup or its results?

According to The Guardian, The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, [...]. ...
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What do the Turkish people think about the 15-16 July 2016's coup d'état? [closed]

Two weeks after the coup against(?) Erdogan, there are uncertainties about it; It was a quasi-coup, CIA is behind it, it is done by Fethullah Gülen, ... Is there a poll (not by a Turkish ...
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Could faithless electors really change the USA president?

Let's say Trump wins the Nov 8 2016 election but, because some Alabama electors break their pledge, the electoral college chooses Clinton on Jan 6. It seems that those electors would then just need ...
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What was the motivation behind the July 2016 attempted coup in turkey

From reading through the media all that is known so far is that there was a coup but the reason that the coup was attempted is not clear. Currently wikipedia gives a very broad description of the ...
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Why were 2745 judges dismissed in Turkey?

According to the BBC at least 2,745 judges have been dismissed in Turkey, following the recent failed coup d'état attempt. Why? How were these judges involved in the coup attempt? And if they were ...