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Polls open in Rwandan presidential election

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 00:53

Rwandan polls opened on Friday in an election expected to hand incumbent President Paul Kagame a third term. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Rwandan voters queued in long lines on Friday (August 4) to cast their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is tipped to win by a landslide after 17 years in power. Kagame has won international plaudits for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the tiny central African nation since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. But he has also faced mounting censure for what critics and rights groups say are widespread human rights abuses, a muzzling of independent media and suppression of political opposition. Kagame's main opponent, Frank Habineza, voted early on Friday at Kimoronko, a polling station in Kigali.

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Polls open in Rwandan presidential election

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 00:53