US says there maybe violence during Zambian elections

The United States is urging its citizens to take precautions when traveling to Zambia ahead of next month’s national and local elections, saying there is a potential for unrest.

The U.S. State Department Thursday urged Americans traveling to Zambia during or immediately following the September 20 elections to monitor local news, assess travel routes when making plans, and to avoid all demonstrations. It said even peaceful protests can quickly become unruly.

During the September vote, Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda will seek his first full term in office.

The president took power during special elections in 2008, after the death of his predecessor, Levy Mwanawasa.

Voice of America


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