Coup-Related Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid Appropriations [Updated September 1, 2022]   [open pdf - 677KB]

From the Document: "Recent events in West Africa, Sudan, and Burma have brought attention to a provision that has appeared in annual State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations legislation since 1986 that restricts U.S. foreign assistance following a coup d'état. [...] In its current form (P.L. [Public Law] 117-103, Division K), Section 7008 states that 'None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to titles III through VI of this Act shall be obligated or expended to finance directly any assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d'etat or decree or, after the date of enactment of this Act, a coup d'etat or decree in which the military plays a decisive role: Provided, That assistance may be resumed to such government if the Secretary of State certifies and reports to the appropriate congressional committees that subsequent to the termination of assistance a democratically elected government has taken office: Provided further, That the provisions of this section shall not apply to assistance to promote democratic elections or public participation in democratic processes: Provided further, That funds made available pursuant to the previous provisos shall be subject to the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations.' Key elements in determining whether Section 7008 restrictions apply to a situation are [1] whether a country's military has overthrown, or played a decisive role in overthrowing, the government, and [2] whether the deposed leader was 'duly elected,' a term not defined in statute."

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