Rwanda: Opposition election boycott looms

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Rwanda: Opposition election boycott looms


AfricaNews business desk with files from BBC
The political tension in Rwanda is heightening as a leading opponent of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on Friday called for a boycott of next month's presidential elections because she and a number of would-be candidates have been barred from standing.
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Victoire Ingabire, the leader of the unregistered United Democratic Forces party who faces charges of crimes linked to genocide denial, told Reuters Kagame faces little competition and is set to easily secure a second seven-year term.

"I will not vote and I will ask the population 'don't vote' because we know before the election who will win," she said.

She said her absence on the ballot paper would render Kagame's victory illegitimate.

Kagame is widely lauded outside Rwanda with restoring stability and rebuilding the central African nation in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, and for his bold ambition to transform Rwanda into a middle income country by 2020.

"Elections do not mean democracy. If we want to start a democracy we have to allow an opposition to be active," Ingabire said.

Kagame will compete against Damascene Ntawukuliryayo from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Prosper Higiro from the Liberal Party (PL) and Alvera Mukabaramba from the smaller Party of Progress and Concord (PPC).

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Comment on this post

calcium 07/26/2010 18:33



i wonder if writing such nonsense you put yourself out of 10 millions of Rwandans who do not care of you apartheid ideology.



KANYARWANDA 08/04/2010 05:23



They care but  they do not have choice they are oppressed the only voice they have its this one RWANDA RWABANYARWANDA A VOICE IN DARKNESS TO PROVIDE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS RWANDANS.Join the
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calcium 07/26/2010 16:46



You are not serious.



KANYARWANDA 07/26/2010 18:26



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JN 07/18/2010 14:07



Ingabire is dreaming.How can Rwandans accept an inexperienced person to lead them?



KANYARWANDA 07/26/2010 16:04



Kagame was fromthe bush and he never went to school he was a tout in Nairobi and now he is president who is leading blind people only how could you compare Ingabire and that snake in the first
place the maquisard and bushman.Ingabire will lead that country because he has the people you have sidelined or hutus and french speaking tutsis so it is a matter of time I wish this monster USA
could stop interfering with Rwandan politics then you see democracy taking place