Rwandans go to polls to elect new president while candidates promise to respect election results, share powers

14:40, August 10, 2010      

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Rwandans went to polls on Monday to elect a new president and four presidential candidates, including incumbent President Paul Kagame, are contesting in the race for the top post of the country. This is the second presidential election in the African country since the 1994 genocide.

The polling stations opened at 6 a.m.local time and will close at 5 p.m. local time. About 5 million Rwandans are set to cast their votes.About 5 million Rwandans are set to cast their votes.

Kagame is the presidential candidate from the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). A father of four children, he has been acting as forces commander of the former rebel group of RPF, which has held power after it stopped the genocide against Tutsis in 1994.

Kagame has been elected during a general presidential election in 2003 with 95 percent of the votes.

Kagame is seen by most as using his political agenda, popularity and achievements made during his first term (2003 -2010) for his utmost advantage in the presidential election. He has promises to strengthen national security and stability which he says need to be resolved to attract foreign investors.

Prosper Higiro is a presidential candidate from the Liberal Party. He is currently the vice president of the Senate.


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