The State Department alerted U.S. travelers to Ecuador to an
"uncertain political situation" after antigovernment demonstrations
erupted there on Jan. 6 and President Jamil Mahuad was ousted on
Travelers in Ecuador should avoid political protests and
"consider leaving if the situation deteriorates," the department
Separately, the State Department lifted a travel warning for the
Ivory Coast, saying life there "by and large returned to normal"
after a Dec. 23 coup d'etat. Nevertheless, the department said it
"urges" U.S. travelers to the Ivory Coast "to exercise caution"
during this "period of extended political uncertainty."