Military coups have been a regular occurrence in Africa in the decades since independence.
Recent events in Guinea resulting in the ousting of President Condé are the latest example of the army intervening in national politics.
Neighbouring Mali has had two interventions by the army in less than a year, the most recent one in May.
In Niger, a coup was thwarted in March just days before a presidential inauguration.
So are military interventions occurring more often on the continent?
When is a coup a coup?
One definition used is that of an illegal and overt attempt by the military – or other civilian officials – to unseat sitting leaders.
A study by two US researchers, Jonathan Powell and Clayton Thyne, has identified over 200 such attempts in Africa since the late 1950s.
About half of these have been successful – defined as lasting more than seven days.
Burkina Faso, in West Africa, has had the most successful ones, with seven and only one failed.