Military junta
A junta or military junta (icon or ˈ) is a government
Government refers to the legislators, administrators, and arbitrators in the administrative bureaucracy who control a state at a given time, and to the system of government by which they are organized...

 led by a committee of military leaders. The term derives from the Spanish language junta
Junta (Peninsular War)
In the Napoleonic era, junta was the name chosen by several local administrations formed in Spain during the Peninsular War as a patriotic alternative to the official administration toppled by the French invaders...

meaning committee
A committee is a type of small deliberative assembly that is usually intended to remain subordinate to another, larger deliberative assembly—which when organized so that action on committee requires a vote by all its entitled members, is called the "Committee of the Whole"...

, specifically a board of directors
Board of directors
A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of a company or organization. Other names include board of governors, board of managers, board of regents, board of trustees, and board of visitors...

. Sometimes it becomes a military dictatorship
Military dictatorship
A military dictatorship is a form of government where in the political power resides with the military. It is similar but not identical to a stratocracy, a state ruled directly by the military....

, though the terms are not synonymous.

Well-known military juntas

  • Mixed Military-run Governments in Thailand (1932–1973)
  • Nigerian Military Juntas
    Nigerian military juntas of 1966-1979 and 1983-1998
    The two Nigerian Military Juntas of 1966-1979 and 1983-1998 were a pair of military dictatorships in the African country of Nigeria that were led by the Nigerian Military, having a chairman or president in charge.-First Junta :...

     (1966–1979 and 1983–1998)
  • Greek Military Junta
    Greek military junta of 1967-1974
    The Greek military junta of 1967–1974, alternatively "The Regime of the Colonels" , or in Greece "The Junta", and "The Seven Years" are terms used to refer to a series of right-wing military governments that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974...

     (1967–1974), also known as The Regime of the Colonels
  • Peruvian Military Junta (1968–1980)
  • Brazilian Military Junta of 1969
    Brazilian Military Junta
    A Military Junta or Junta Militar ruled Brazil from August 31 to October 30, 1969, between the sudden illness of President Artur da Costa e Silva and the swearing-in of Emílio Garrastazu Médici as his successor....

  • Bolivian Military Juntas
    Bolivian military juntas of 1970-1982
    Five successful military juntas took place in Bolivia between 1970 and 1982.*Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces 1970*Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces 1971*Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces 1980*Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces 1981...

     (1970–1971 and 1980–1982)
  • Government Junta of Chile
    Government Junta of Chile (1973)
    Government Junta of Chile was the military junta established to rule Chile during the military dictatorship that followed the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. It was the executive and legislative branch of government until December 17, 1974...

  • National Salvation Junta
    National Salvation Junta
    The National Salvation Junta was a group of military officers designated to maintain the government of Portugal in April 1974, after the Carnation Revolution had overthrown the Estado Novo dictatorial regime. This junta functioned between 1974 and 1976, following a communiqué of its president,...

      in Portugal (1974–1976)
  • Derg
    The Derg or Dergue was a Communist military junta that came to power in Ethiopia following the ousting of Haile Selassie I. Derg, which means "committee" or "council" in Ge'ez, is the short name of the Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army, a committee of...

     in Ethiopia (1974–1991)
  • Aftermath of Thammasart University's accused communists crackdown
    6 October 1976 Massacre
    The Thammasat University Massacre, or Massacre of 6 October 1976 , was an attack on students and protesters that occurred on the campus of Thammasat University and at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. Students from various universities were demonstrating against the return to Thailand of Field Marshal...

     in Thailand (1976–1980)
  • National Reorganization Process
    National Reorganization Process
    The National Reorganization Process was the name used by its leaders for the military government that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. In Argentina it is often known simply as la última junta militar or la última dictadura , because several of them existed throughout its history.The Argentine...

     in Argentina (1976–1983)
  • Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador
    Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador
    The Revolutionary Government ruled El Salvador between October 15, 1979 and May 2, 1982. It contained two colonels, Adolfo Arnaldo Majano Ramos and Jaime Abdul Gutiérrez Avendaño, and three civilians, Guillermo Ungo, Mario Antonio Andino and Román Mayorga Quirós.The JRG ousted President Carlos...

  • People's Redemption Council
    People's Redemption Council
    The People's Redemption Council was a military regime that governed Liberia during the early 1980s. It was established after the military coup of April 12, 1980, in which Samuel Doe, who served as chairman of the Council, seized power. Apart from Doe, the Council consisted of 17 soldiers...

     in Liberia (1980–1986)
  • Military Council of National Salvation
    Military Council of National Salvation
    The Military Council of National Salvation was a military dictatorship administering the People's Republic of Poland during the period of the martial law in Poland ....

     in Poland (1981–1983)
  • State Peace and Development Council
    State Peace and Development Council
    The State Peace and Development Council was the official name of the military regime of Burma , which seized power in 1988. On 30 March 2011, Senior General Than Shwe signed a decree to officially dissolve the Council....

     in Myanmar (also known as Burma) (1988–2011), known as the State Law and Order Restoration Council from 1988 to 1997
  • National Peace Keeping Council
    National Peace Keeping Council
    The National Peace Keeping Council was a Thai military junta that overthrew the civilian elected government of Chatichai Choonhavan in 1991. It was led by Army Commander Suchinda Kraprayoon, Supreme Commander Sunthorn Kongsompong, Airforce Commander Kaset Rojananil and members of the 5th Class of...

     in Thailand (1991–1992)
  • Haitian Military Junta
    Raoul Cédras
    Raoul Cédras is a former military officer, and was de facto ruler of Haiti from 1991 to 1994.-Background:Cédras was educated in the United States and was a member of the US-trained Leopard Corps...

  • Council for National Security in Thailand (2006–2008)
  • Mauritanian Military Junta (2008–2009)
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