Will somebody from those Magdalo rebel soldiers please explain what are they trying to achieve? Replace this “elite government” with what? A military dictatorship? Corruption in the military are valid issues. But when they start behaving like infantile college activists, that’s when we should start to worry. In history, military coups rarely figure out as real solutions to society’s problems.
Since the French coup of 1851, the world has witnessed 99 coups, 17 of them failed. Eleven of these failed coups were in the 80s onwards. This information may indicate the growing difficulties of grabbing power through a coup, probably because of several factors, including the effectiveness of peaceful people-power revolutions as an alternative; and the continuing tide of democratization worldwide. Wikipedia says coups rarely solve the social economic problems of developing countries hence it has become less attractive to military leaders. Currently there are 13 serving leaders who came to power through coup:
- Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, President of Sudan (1989–)
- Muammar al-Qaddafi, leader of Libya (1969–)
- Azali Assoumani, President of the Comoros (1999–)
- Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia (1987–)
- François Bozizé, President of the Central African Republic (2003–)
- Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso (1987–)
- Lansana Conté, President of Guinea (1984–)
- Idriss Déby, President of Chad (1990–)
- Yahya Jammeh, President of The Gambia (1994–)
- Gérard Latortue, Interim prime minister of Haiti—not recognized by CARICOM
- Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979–)
- Pervez Musharraf, Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan (1999–)
- Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Chairman of the Military Council for Justice and Democracy in Mauritania (2005–).
How are these countries performing in terms of economic and human development? I rest my case.