Monarchies are the first form of authoritarian rule. 2 Dictatorial monarchs frequently rely on their family and kin networks to gain and maintain power. According to Gandhi and Przeworski, the emir of Qatar “reshuffled his cabinet in 1992, putting his sons as ministers of defense, finance and petroleum, interior, economics, and commerce; his grandson in charge of defense affairs; and his nephews in public service.”
Swaziland is a modern monarchy that demonstrates the importance of the royal family in selecting the king, as well as the extent to which some rulers would go to maintain their social support base.
The greatest serious challenge to military dictatorships' stability usually comes from inside the military. Consider the history of military control in Guinea, a country in West Africa. Following a coup headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Lansana Conté, a military junta known as the Military Committee of National Recovery was created in Guinea in April 1984. Following the assassination of Guinea's first president, Sékou Touré, the coup took place.