The conditions present in Gabon were far less conducive to a coup than the vast majority of previous attempts. So why would the plotters take such a risky action?
Data on defence and security in Africa is notoriously difficult to get, and what is available reveals only very little – here it is for what it is worth
Eritrea spends more than 24% of its GDP on its military, the highest by far in Africa. Burundi, Angola and Morocco also have high expenditures – and all countries have had long running internal or external conflicts