Kagame wins Rwandan election by landslide

RPF Chairman Paul Kagame,Mrs. Kagame and family cast their vote in the 2017 Presidential election.
RPF Chairman Paul Kagame,Mrs. Kagame and family cast their vote in the 2017 Presidential election.

Rwandan election commission has announced that incumbent president Paul Kagame has won the election with a landslide for the third term.

According to the Rwandan election commission, Mr. Kagame has won 98% of the votes. His supporters began celebration even before the announcement, though.

The other contestants in the election have accused the ruling group of intimidating them and they demand that the low-turnout in the election proves their allegations.

The ruling party, however, denies all the accusations.

Mr. Kagame has been in power for 17 years. President Kagame is still quite popular in the country as he is seen as the figure who ended the horrors of 1994 genocides and brought stability and peace back in Rwanda.

President Kagame casts his vote to win a massive victory for the third term as the President of Rwanda
President Kagame casts his vote to win a massive victory for the                                 third term as the President of Rwanda

In 1994, he ended a long bloody genocide that killed around 800,000 people. The nightmare ended after his rebel group took the control of the capital, Kigali.

His supporters credit him with the economic development Rwanda so far achieved and regard him as the symbol of stability of Rwanda.

President Kagame's daughter Ange kagame casts her vote
President Kagame’s daughter Ange kagame casts her vote

The constitutional referendum in 2015 allowed Mr. Kagame to seek for the third term and gave him chance to stay in power until 2034 if he wants.

Mr. Kagame sees Singapore and South Korea as models. He is seen as a military genius who helped the country recover from the wounds of horror that killed tens of thousands in 1994.

His critics, most of who are outside the country , accuse him of suppressing the opposition and alleged him of assassinating his critics.

Mr. Kagame denies any such allegation however. His supporters say that he championed women’s right. In Rwanda, most of the members of the parliament are women.

 


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