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junta (noun) military government (replaying a civilian government by force).

A junta rules a country if the military forces gain power by removing a government by a ruler or by civilians elected by the people. Most Asian and African countries which became independent from colonial rule in the later half of the twentieth century came under military juntas, which removed the popularly elected governments. That is, the rulers of the governments elected by the people there were taken over by military rulers.

  • When democracy is not strong in a country, it gives scope for the interference of the armed forces, and junta’s develop the ambition to seize the government.
  • The awareness that democracy among a people is the best form of the government. That alone can prevent a junta from taking over power from a civilian government.
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