Mozambique travel advice

We warn westerners traveling to or residing in Mozambique that municipal elections will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Official campaigning began on November 5. Tensions between Government of Mozambique (GRM) security forces and elements of the armed opposition political party Renamo have escalated in the past few weeks with violence in Sofala and Nampula Provinces. Due to the possibility of additional attacks, as well as ongoing regional threats, we urge westerners to exercise caution during the election period, review recent Security Intel, and carefully consider whether travel is necessary during this period. This Travel Alert will expire after 60 days.