Rwanda: Kagame wins third term
An estimated 97 percent of 6.9 million voters turned out to cast their ballots
President Paul Kagame. Photo: Republic of Rwanda
Rwandan President Paul Kagame sails to a third term; tallies whopping 98.6 percent of votes in partial results
KIGALI — There had been little doubt that the 59-year-old Rwandan President Paul Kagame would return to the helm of the east African nation which he has ruled with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide, in which upwards of 1 million Hutu and Tutsi tribespeople were killed in the civil war.
With 80 percent of results counted, Kagame had secured some 5.4 million votes, far more than the 50 percent plus one required for him to win re-election.
“We think that at this level … it will be the same result, no change after having counted 100 percent (of votes),” said Kalisa Mbanda, national elections commission chairman.
Rwanda is a sovereign state in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered byUganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in theAfrican Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.
The commission estimates 97 percent of 6.9 million voters turned out to cast their ballots.