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Rwanda Heads to Polls, Kagame Launches Re-Election Bid

Kagame has consistently won elections by a wide margin, securing over 90% of the vote in 2003, 2010, and 2017.

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, launched his campaign in Musanze on Saturday, June 22, 2024 for re-election.

The presidential race is contested by three candidates. President Paul Kagame, seeking re-election with the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.

President Paul Kagame, who has held office since 2000, officially launched his campaign in Musanze district, Northern Province, where he addressed a large crowd and emphasized that the Rwanda Patriotic Front’s (RPF) political philosophy prioritizes inclusive development, aiming to benefit all Rwandans without exception.

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“Democracy is about personal choice of what you want and freedom of choice. In a democracy, no one chooses for you, and that should be clear. That choice depends on Rwanda’s uniqueness. We overcame a lot together, and so much more will be achieved,” Kagame said. 

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Kagame has consistently won elections by a wide margin, securing over 90% of the vote in 2003, 2010, and 2017.

However, his leadership has been condemned by critics and human rights organizations for perpetuating fear, which systematically suppresses and undermines freedom of expression.

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Over the next three weeks, Kagame’s campaign will take him to 19 campaign sites across Rwanda, where he will address supporters and outline his vision for the country.

According to the National Election Commission, Rwanda is set to hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on July 15, 2024, with about 9.5 million citizens eligible to cast their ballots.

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