Campaigning opens in Rwanda presidential election

KIGALI: Rwandan President Paul Kagame defended his country’s democratic credentials as campaigning opened on Saturday for the July 15 presidential election, with the incumbent expected to extend his 24-year rule over the Great Lakes nation. Nine million Rwandans are registered to vote in the poll concurrent with the legislative elections. Kagame has been the de facto ruler of Rwanda since the end of the 1994 genocide.

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