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Kagame edges closer to Rwandan election win

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Kagame edges closer to Rwandan election win


Rwanda’s incumbent president Paul Kagame is set for another seven-year term according to preliminary results in the country’s presidential poll.

Kagame picked up 95 percent of the vote when he won in 2003 and a similarly convincing performance is expected this time.

Rights groups say that’s because Kagame’s most vocal critics were barred from standing, while one Green Party leader died in mysterious circumstances last month.

Only three rival candidates were running against Kagame but analysts say they were close to the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Kagame’s supporters say his policies have brought security and economic growth since the country’s genocide in 1994 .

This poll is only Rwanda’s second presidential election since then, when 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

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