The Central African Republic announced that the next presidential election will be held on Sunday, December 27, 2020. If necessary, a runoff vote will take place on Sunday, February 14, 2021. An increased security presence is likely at any election-related event.
Although the February 2016 election of Faustin Archange Touadéra as president marked the first stage of the post-crisis transition in the Central African Republic, the situation remains volatile throughout the country, including in Bangui. Nevertheless, the country is still reeling from the conflict which created almost one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and pushed more than 400,000 to seek refuge in the neighboring countries of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad. The PK5 neighborhood of Bangui, which has a Muslim-majority population, is especially prone to religious violence.
Individuals in the Central African Republic are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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