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Mozambique:Travel Alert Issued as Elections Approach

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Nov. 8 cautioning tourists to avoid various parts of the country as the Nov. 20 elections approach. Clashes between government security forces and the armed opposition, Renamo, have intensified in recent weeks, turning violent in Sofala and Nampula provinces. An increase in kidnappings has been reported and [read more]

Tunisia: Travel Alert Regarding Possible Unrest

Date: October 17th, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert regarding Tunisia because of the potential for unrest. Spontaneous events such as demonstrations still occur, and the nation is still operating under a state of emergency. The State Department advises all citizens currently in Tunisia to stay vigilant regarding personal security, and all travelers planning trips [read more]

Thailand: New Prime Minister Brings Hope, Possible Political Demonstrations

Date: July 12th, 2011 | No Comments

Yingluck Shinawatra was officially elected as the first female prime minister of Thailand, with the Pheu Thai party set to assume power. The election was partially a referendum on how the voters feel their country has changed since the 2006 military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the new prime minister’s older brother. Since [read more]

Ethiopia: Violence May Accompany May Elections

Date: April 21st, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department alerted visitors to the risks of travel in Ethiopia before and after parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23. In past elections, violence has erupted in Addis Ababa and other areas throughout the campaign and the election’s aftermath. The State Department advised against all but essential travel during this period, including after [read more]

Sri Lanka: Campaign for Jan. 26 Presidential Election Could See Demonstrations

Date: December 23rd, 2009 | No Comments

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election Jan. 26, and in years past political campaigns have produced demonstrations and small-scale violence. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo urges travelers to avoid political rallies, public gatherings and demonstrations, which can start with little or no notice. Police have used tear gas and force to break up unruly [read more]

Nepal: State Department Issues Travel Alert

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Nov. 1, just weeks ahead of the country’s constituent assembly elections. Nepal’s government is working to ensure security during the Nov. 19 elections, but protests and general strikes, or bandhs, may occur, disrupting transit services and other tourist activities. Strikers usually try to enforce a ban on [read more]

Zambia: State Department Issues Travel Alert

Date: August 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for citizens leading up to the September 20, 2011 presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Zambia. Potential for unrest and disruptions surrounding the elections is high, and those planning to travel to the country should monitor local news and remain aware of local conditions. The State Department [read more]

Egypt: Elections Could Spark Unrest

Date: November 17th, 2010 | No Comments

Parliamentary elections will take place Nov. 28 and could be preceded by tensions and civil unrest. In recent weeks, the government has arrested dozens of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned political party that fields candidates as independents, and placed restrictions on the media. Past elections have been marred by corruption and violence despite [read more]

Sri Lanka: Violence Mars Run-Up to Presidential Election

Date: January 20th, 2010 | No Comments

The first presidential election since the army defeated the Tamil Tigers in a decades-long civil war will take place Jan. 26, pitting the incumbent president who pushed for a military victory against the general who carried it out. Passions are high and violence has already claimed two lives, prompting the military and police to go [read more]

Zanzibar: Possible Election Violence on Pemba Island

Date: August 20th, 2009 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department warned against nonessential travel to Pemba Island of Zanzibar until mid December because of possible violence related to voter registration for next year’s general election. The number of security forces has been increased on Pemba, particularly in the districts of Wete and Micheweni, where civil unrest has occurred since voter registration [read more]

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