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  • Autogolpe is a Spanish term translated as “self-coup.” An autogolpe occurs when a seated president seizes power, often with the assistance of the military, and shuts down the legislature and other branches of government so as to govern with no opposition. It is not the same as a golpe de estado (coup d'etat), which generally involves a military overthrowing a president and taking power for itself. [Source: The Encyclopedia of Political Science; Autogolpe]

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