Rwandan opposition candidate denied run for office

2010-06-25 12:40

Rwandan opposition officials say an ethnic Hutu opposition

candidate who hoped to run for president has been denied the right to appear on

the ballot.

Victoire Ingabire’s party released a statement today saying she was

denied candidacy because of charges of denying the country’s genocide, a

punishable offence in Rwanda.

Ingabire returned to Rwanda in January after 16 years abroad and

was arrested. She is out on bail but could face up to two decades in


Rwandan President Paul Kagame, an ethnic Tutsi, submitted his

papers yesterday to run in the election, which is scheduled for August. Ingabire

was not allowed to submit papers, her party says.

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