Rwanda ruling party scores landslide

2013-09-17 21:06
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame during the commissioning of berth 19 at the Mombasa Port. (PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame during the commissioning of berth 19 at the Mombasa Port. (PSCU)

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Kigali - Rwanda's ruling party scored a landslide win in parliamentary elections, taking 76.22% of the vote, the Electoral Commission said Tuesday.

Far behind the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) came two parties that are independent in name but that act like de facto RPF allies: the Social Democrats with 13.03% and the Liberals with 9.29% respectively.

No other party or independent scored more than 0.6% of the vote, the commission's executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a press conference.

The results are based on 100% of votes counted but are technically still provisional, Munyaneza said.

Turnout was 98.8%, officials said. Such figures are not unprecedented in Rwanda, where local authorities encourage the population to turn out and vote.

The PS-Imberakuri, which started out as an opposition party but lost its teeth, scraped a mere 0.56% and none of the independent candidates managed to make it over the 0.5%mark.

Only the RPF, the Social Democrats and the Liberals will get parliamentary seats as 5% is the minimum requirement.

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