The country was made a republic in 1971 and in 1978 the president converted the government to a one-party system. This resulted to an autocratic rule after which the President cleverly handed over the government to the former military commander, and he immediately resigned.
The latter's regime became mired in allegations of corruption, nepotism and incompetence. This resulted to the country being embroiled in a most atrocious civil war.
It took the intervention of large contingents of international forces before the war was finally brought to an end in 2002 and peace restored.