Severity: Informational Alert

Civil Unrest: Authorities cancel inauguration of President Lazarus Chakwera at Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe, Malawi July 6 due to COVID-19 concerns.

  • Alert Begins: 06 Jul 2020 12:01 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 06 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Event: Inauguration canceled
  • Location(s): Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe (map)
  • Date: July 6

Summary
Authorities have canceled the inauguration ceremony for President Lazarus Chakwera, scheduled to take place at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe July 6. The inauguration was canceled due to continued threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite initial plans to only allow the stadium to be filled to 50 percent capacity. The inauguration will instead take place at a military barracks.

Chakwera was recently announced the winner of the June 23 presidential election. The inauguration coincides with the nations' Independence Day, a national holiday.


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