Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins by a landslide

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Supporters of Rwandan President Paul Kagame are celebrating his landslide victory on elections held on Friday, the BBC is reporting.

The country’s electoral commission says partial results gave Kagame 98-percent of the votes.

Kagame who has been in power for 17 years will now serve a third 7-year term as President after as expected crushing his two election opponents. His supporters have praised him for rebuilding Rwanda and presiding over its peaceful and rapid economic recovery since the genocide which killed about 800 000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

But his critics many of whom are Rwandans living abroad have accused him of widespread human rights abuses and suppressing opposition to his rule.

– By BBC