Paul Kagame has been re-elected as the President of Rwanda. This is his third win in three consecutive terms, extending his time in office to 17 years.
The incumbent president won by 98 percent votes and said in a televised speech the victory belongs to Rwandans who have trusted in him.
Adding further the 59-year-old said he will be building on the achievements and transform Rwanda.
He added, “We expect that even if we get 100 percent of votes, there will not be any change.”
The National Electoral Commission’s Executive secretary Charles Munyaneza tweeted the result revealing Kagame wins by 98.66 percent votes while the rivals Frank Habineza and Phillipe Mpayimana could manage just 0.45 percent and 0.72 percent votes respectively.
A third candidate Diane Rwigara was disqualified for not meeting the necessary requirements
Paul Kagame became de facto leader of Rwanda after his rebel party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), halted the 1994 genocide that took the lives of about 800,000 people at the hands of Hutu extremists.
In the year 2000 he was appointed as the president of Rwanda by lawmakers and in 2003 he won the presidential election for the first time.
International platforms have praised the president for the peaceful transition of the country from years of genocide to rebuilding the country’s economy.
In a televised speech he promised to continue the developing work based on the previous achievements and ensure they become the real Rwandans who are economically developing.
In 2015 a reform in the Rwandan constitution was made with 98 percent support vote to approve Kagame to compete for a third time in office.