Civil War, Multipartism, Coup d’etat and Genocide

  • Philip Verwimp


Relying on Guichaoau (2010) and Des Forges (1999) this chapter places political developments and personal strategies in their historical context. I argue that the death of president Habyarimana created a power vacuum at the helm of the state which was filled by a small politico-military elite consisting of Akazu members and their close associates. They installed a government which implemented nationwide policy of genocide.


Coup d’état Genocide Elite Civil war 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Verwimp
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  1. 1.Solvay Brussels School of Economics and ManagementUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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