September 18, 2013

Kagame’s PRF Wins Parl. Elections By Landslide

President Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (PRF) has won a landslide victory in parliamentary polls by gaining the majority of the votes, officials have announced.
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame casts his vote during a parliamentary election in the capital Kigali September 16, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Jenny Clover
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame casts his vote during a parliamentary election in the capital Kigali September 16, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Jenny Clover

The National Election commission said on Tuesday that President Kagame’s ruling PRF won Monday’s parliamentary elections by securing over 76 percent of the vote.

According to the Election Commission, the Social Democrats and Liberals, racing with the ruling PRF party in the elections, garnered 13 and 9 percent respectively. This is while the other party, the PS-Imberakuri failed to win any seats.

President Kagame’s PRF party still holds the majority of the seats in the central African country’s parliament by gaining 40 out of the 53 directly elected seats, having 2 less seats compared to that of the last parliament.

Out of the 80 seats in the central African country’s parliament, 53 are directly elected; while 24 seats are saved for female politicians, two for the youth and one for the disabled, who are to be chosen indirectly by local and national councils.

The elections came two days after two grenade blasts rocked Rwanda’s capital, Kigali on September 14, killing two people.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, though officials put the blame on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group who the Kigali government accuses of conducting the 1994 genocide in the central African country.

The PRF party later came to power after pushing out the FDLR rebel group.

Additional Reporting By Agencies

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