1979 Lyoan coup d'état
|1979 Lyoan coup d'état|
|Pro-Tulossa LNDF elements||Government of Lyoa|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Laurent Tulossa||James Sharokoh|
The 1979 Lyoan coup d'état was launched on March 23, 1979 by Major Laurent Tulossa against the government of James Sharokoh. Tulossa launched the coup after Sharokoh's popularity dropped significantly due to multiple scandals and an allegedly fraudulent election. Tulossa had previously been a military commander during Sharokoh's administration, commanding forces that suppressed the Nagata Peasant's Uprising and the Lyoan Muslim Revolt. The coup resulted in 23 years of Tulossa's rule, and the eventual First Lyoan Civil War.