IMPACT – MEDIUM
As a result of a deteriorating security situation and fears of violence amid anti-government protests, the United States, the United Kingdom and Belgium have issued statements warning against travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urging foreign nationals to leave that country if their continuing presence is not essential. On Tuesday morning, up to 20 protestors were killed in clashes with security forces in Kinshasa.
Background: The recent travel warnings by the U.S. and European governments indicate concerns about escalating anti-government protests as President Joseph Kabila’s term runs out. Constitutional term limits required Kabila to step down when his second mandate ended at midnight on Monday. However, the DRC’s electoral commission postponed the national elections until April 2018 because of inadequate resources and a constitutional court ruling earlier this year confirming that Kabila can remain in power until a successor is elected.
BAL Analysis: All foreign nationals in the DRC should review their security situation; those in need of immigration services should anticipate delays in processing through the next several weeks.
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