What is the definiton of a Coup?

coups d’état: The sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in or previously in positions of authority.

The government was not overthrown.

“a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially : the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group”

The existing government remains unaltered, not overthrown.

From: http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Coup-d’%C3%A9tat

“Any seizure of the state apparatus by extra-legal tactics may be considered a coup, “

–state apparatus was not seized, the removal of the president from power was legal.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_coup

“the sudden unconstitutional deposition of a legitimate government”

–Government was not deposed, the president was constitutionally arrested.


“Military Coup: A sudden overthrowing and seizure of a government by the military.”

–Government maintained power.


“a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government”

–Government maintained power.


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