Kagame’s RPF Party Wins Majority Parliamentary Vote in Rwanda
Rwanda’s governing Rwandan Patriotic Front party won a victory in parliamentary elections, securing 76 percent of the vote.The party of President Paul Kagame, which came to power after the genocide of 1994, won 40 of the 53 seats on Monday.
The opposition FDU-Inkingi, whose leader Victoire Ingabire is in jail, did not take part in the election, as it is not officially registered.
Two other parties regarded as close to the RPF took 13 percent and 9 percent of the vote.
Voting took placed days after two people were killed in two grenade attacks in the capital, Kigali.
No group has said it carried out the attacks but officials have blamed the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is accused of links to the 1994 genocide, and critics of the government recently exiled in South Africa.
The Rwandan Patriotic Front government has been praised for maintaining stability and overseeing rapid economic growth since the slaughter of some 800,000 minority ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
But Kagame has been increasingly accused of ignoring human rights and stamping out any opposition.
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