Police issued a ban on political rallies in Kinshasa for the week of Monday, July 22, citing escalating tensions between rival political groups. Supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi planned a demonstration on Monday to protest the delay in forming a government as well as the senate presidency candidacy of a Joseph Kabila-aligned politician. Kabila supporters also announced a counterprotest. Any public demonstrations may result in violent clashes between rival political groups or with security forces. Localized transportation and business disruptions are also possible.
Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi won the presidential election in December 2018, though parliamentary victories by former President Joseph Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition has resulted in a political stalemate.
Individuals in Kinshasa are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and possible transportation and business disruptions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest.
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