One of the best modern examples of the self-coup is elected Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's takeover of the government on April 5, 1992, ostensibly to exercise absolute authority in annihilating Maoist Shining Path insurgents, though political opponents and journalists were arrested by the military. A historical example was the coup d'état of Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, who granted himself emergency powers and later conducted a referendum in which he became Napoleon III.
Peru's Leader Starts Early on Reelection Bid; Fujimori, 2 1/ 2 Years After Presidential `Self-Coup,' Lifts Economy While Worrying Democrats
Nov 06, 1994; For a president tuning his reelection campaign, the news this week could not have been sweeter. Left-wing guerrillas were meekly...