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Zambia: Protests possible following expected court verdict December 7

Constitutional court to announce verdict on presidential term limits December 7; protests and heightened security presence, especially in Lusaka, possible

06 Dec 08:15 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 12/6/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/8/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lusaka). COUNTRY/REGION Zambia, Judiciary Headquarters (Lusaka)
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Event

The Zambian Constitutional Court is expected to announce its decision on Friday, December 7, regarding whether President Edgar Lungu is eligible to run in the 2021 presidential election. Protests and public celebrations are possible following news of the verdict. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are similarly possible, particularly around the Judiciary Headquarters in Lusaka.

Context

President Edgar Lungu ascended to the presidency in 2015 after winning a by-election following the death of President Michael Sata. He later won elections in 2016. The Constitutional Court will decide whether his 2015-2016 presidency is considered a presidential term, making him ineligible to run for another term in 2021. The court is expected to rule in his favor.

Advice

Individuals in Zambia, particularly Lusaka, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and anticipate public demonstrations, transportation disruptions, and a heightened security presence.

 

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