Coup in Burkina Faso : consequences for the overlander ?
In Africa the politics are always a bit different than elsewhere, and democracy takes a somewhat different meaning. Witness is the recent coup in Burkina, when the army ousted Blaise Compaoré after his tenure of only 24 years.. This is not as dramatic as it sounds, and many coups in Africa take place without shedding blood (or almost). This cas was typical, in that it didn't really affect people outside the governemnt, except for the demonstrations that preceded it. Indeed, an overlander traveling outside of the capital during the coup may well not have heard of it at all. Only those that need to visit an embassy or an office in Ouagadougou would have to wait a few days until the dust settles.
The long-term consequences for the overlander are hard to figure out in advance. Most often nothing substantial changes, only in some cases will the new government pass some laws that change the rules for the traveller. E.g., when Sénégal elected (democratically) a new president, he changed the rule for the carnet de passage and reintroduced the visa for French and other nationals.
The coup in Mali a few months ago didn't prevent overlanders from getting there. On the other hand, the contested elections in Ivory Coast ended up in chaos and civil war, but that's more rare.