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Rwanda’s opposition party wins parliamentary seats for first time

Rwanda's opposition party wins parliamentary seats for first time
Founder and chairman of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda Frank Habineza

The only opposition party that’s tolerated in the African country has won parliamentary seats for the first time, election results showed on Wed, September 5, 2018 in a very move delineated as ‘a sign Rwanda has gap up its political spectrum’.

President Paul Kagame’s ruling Rwanda Patroitic Front (RPF), that still includes a dominant majority, declared the results of Monday’s election proof that the country could be a democracy.

Rwanda’s democratic area
Rwanda's opposition party wins parliamentary seats for first timeKagame is praised for restoring stability in Rwanda and for fast economic progress after the 1994 genocide. However, rights teams say he has muzzled freelance media and suppressed opponents. the govt. dismisses the accusations as false.

Officials of the electoral commission told a press conference on Wed that 2 candidates from the little opposition Democratic Green party had been elected.

However, the RPF, that has control a decent grip on the country since it fought its way to power to end the genocide, won forty seats, at the side of smaller allied parties, the commission said.

Rwanda's opposition party wins parliamentary seats for first timeThe parliament of Rwanda consists of 2 chambers; the Senate and also the Chamber of Deputies, some 365 candidates registered from 5 political parties and a few independents oppose and contested the election.

Rwanda’s parliament has eighty seats. Political parties contend for fifty three seats and another twenty four reserved for ladies, 2 for youth and one for the disabled.

Another little party, PS Imberakuri, conjointly won 2 seats for the first time. However, it’s typically been thought-about pro-government since its founder and ardent opposition figure Bernard Ntaganda was laid-off from the party.


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