President Kagame

The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame who has been in charge for 20 years, has stated he would be open to serving another tenure.

The Situation
He amended the constitution in 2015, extending his tenure until 2034. Official results from the previous presidential election, which took place five years ago, revealed that he received 99 percent of the vote, which many people outside of the nation condemned as a fraud.

When asked if he will run for office again, Mr. Kagame responded, “I would think about running for another 20 years. That is not a problem for me. Elections are about the will of the electorate.

When the Commonwealth met in the Rwandan capital of Kigali in June, President Kagame vehemently defended the country’s human rights record.

Issues Arising
In April, the UK made contentious plans to divert some asylum seekers who arrived at its ports to Rwanda for processing.

Having helped put an end to the genocide with his rebel forces, Mr. Kagame himself came to power in 1994. Since then, he has positioned himself as a proponent of progress, but according to his detractors, he still maintains a firm hold over the country’s autocratic government.

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