Army Coups are out of Fashion in Latin America
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002
By Edwin Koopman
Military coups are no longer fashionable in Latin America. The region's fledgling democracies have found other ways to get rid of their leaders. The recent attempt by Venezuelan army officers to oust President Hugo Chaves therefore triggered widespread condemnation on the continent. Only the United States was prepared to turn a blind eye.
Latin America has had a long history of military coup d'états. The continent has seen a rapid succession of military regimes, notably in the 1970s and 80s. As democracy was taking root, political turbulence subsided. Until just over a week ago, when a number of Venezuelan army generals ousted President Hugo Chavez. More