The Electoral Commission in Rwanda has announced that President Paul Kagame has won a third term in office with a landslide. The Commission said partial results of yesterday's election had given him 98 per cent of the votes. Kagame's supporters began celebrating before the announcement.
They say that he has brought stability and economic development after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. But his critics - most of whom are outside the country say he has ruled through fear. Kagame, who has been in power for 17 years, was challenged by Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana. He came to power in 1994, when his rebel group took control of the capital, Kigali, ending the genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered.