jun·​ta | \ ˈhu̇n-tə How to pronounce junta (audio) , ˈjən-, ˈhən- How to pronounce junta (audio) \

Definition of junta

1 : a council or committee for political or governmental purposes especially : a group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power a military junta
2 : junto

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But the Saudis and Emiratis quickly switched sides after al-Bashir was ousted, offering a $3 billion aid package to the military junta that toppled him. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Saudis paid $90 million to Sudan’s ex-leader, officer says in al-Bashir trial," 19 Aug. 2019 Sudan’s military junta and protest leaders reached a truce to share power, marking a tentative end to months of protests and violent crackdowns and setting out a blueprint for democratic rule for the first time in three decades. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Sudan Rivals Agree to Share Power, Envoy Says," 5 July 2019 Yet unlike the brutal efficiency of Mr. Sisi’s gunning down of Muslim Brotherhood supporters on the streets of Cairo in 2013, the crackdown by the military junta in Khartoum was gory, recalling the atrocities of the janjaweed militia. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "How horrors in Sudan undermined US trust in its top Arab allies," 12 June 2019 As the leader of the junta and government for the past five years, Prayuth scrapped the constitution and restricted civil liberties with limits on media, political gatherings and public dissent. Washington Post, "Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister," 6 June 2019 The Senate members are indirectly appointed by the ruling junta, and are virtually certain to back Prayuth for prime minister. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thai Election Commission blames software for counting errors," 29 Mar. 2019 During the protests, people often chanted that, on his way out, Rossello should take la junta with him, using the local name for the board. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello clings to power amid rumors he’ll step down," 24 July 2019 From there, the Thai military junta became progressively less selective. Max Marshall, SI.com, "Mining the Miracle," 26 June 2019 But despite pressure from the U.S. and other countries, the junta has a history of delaying elections since seizing power in a 2014 coup. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Ruling Junta Leader Eyes Extension of Power," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of junta

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for junta

Spanish, from feminine of junto joined, from Latin junctus, past participle of jungere to join — more at yoke

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: a military group controlling a government after taking control of it by force

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