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13 Sep 2019 | 11:43 AM UTC

Malawi: Nationwide opposition protests September 18-20 /update 24

Malawi News Alert

Opposition group announces nationwide protests between September 18-20; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Malawi

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Event

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) opposition group has called for nationwide demonstrations between Wednesday, September 18, through Friday, September 20. Organizers did not immediately announce a time or location, but they have said that they expect many people to participate in the events. Previous protests have been held in Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu and have sometimes resulted in violent clashes.

Context

Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26, after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the presidential elections. While HRDC maintains its demands for Ansah's resignation, there is growing discontent among protesters with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a whole.

Advice

Individuals in Malawi are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.  

 

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