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Kagame sweeps presidential polls

Incumbent President Paul Kagame has won another seven-year mandate after attaining an unassailable lead in Friday’s presidential poll.


In partial results released by the National Electoral Commission Friday night, constituting 80 per cent of the total votes, Kagame garnered 98.66 per cent of the vote, independent Philippe Mpayimana, and Frank Habineza, of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, scrapped only 0.72 per cent and 0.45 per cent, respectively.

“We don’t expect any major change going forward and therefore RPF candidate, Paul Kagame, is the winner of the election,” NEC chairman Kalisa Mbanda announced at the commission headquarters in Kimihurura past midnight, local time.

Full provisional results are expected Saturday afternoon, the commission said.

In Rwanda’s first multiparty presidential polls in 2003, Kagame won by 95.05, while he got 93 per cent in the 2010 poll.

Kagame, who cast his vote in Kigali’s Rugunga polling station earlier on Friday, said he would work to sustain economic growth in the tiny nation.

"This is another seven years to take care of issues that affect Rwandans and ensure that we become real Rwandans who are (economically) developing," he said .

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