Rwanda’s Paul Kagame to run for third term

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been unanimously nominated for re-election in the country’s forthcoming presidential polls slated for August.

The decision was made by 1929 members out of 1930 eligible voters at his RPF-Inkotanyi party’s congress on Saturday 17th of June.

He agreed to run in the contest and to continue to lead the country to more prosperity, peace, and stability.

“Now that you brought me here to accept it, I will give it and you my all. I will do it to the best of my ability” the president told RPF delegates and representatives from nine other local parties who were invited for the congress.

He added: “We must work harder so that what made you ask me to stay longer can be addressed in these seven years”.

By changing the Constitution in 2015, Paul Kagame had already hinted at his likely contest for a third term.

The 59 year old Kagame will face candidates who do not seem to weigh heavily enough to give him a tough challenge.

He will also be able to count on the support of nine political parties out of the 11 registered, despite criticism from the opposition.

If elected, Kagame will be left to retain his seat for another seven year term, after 17 years in power.

The Rwandan presidential election is scheduled for August 4.

 

Zainab Sa’id