Will Rwandan President Paul Kagame not be a candidate for the 2024 elections? He hinted that while attending a summit in Doha. Asked about an upcoming presidential candidacy, he said according to Bloomberg that he personally wanted to give way to others.
“Most likely not. I want to have a bit of a break, but given the current situation and what it has been in the past, I have made a decision that concerns me personally, that it will not happen next time. «
Kagame has been at the head of Rwanda since 2000. He won his current term (his third term) in the 2017 elections, where he obtained 99% of the vote.
A controversial referendum in 2015 had lifted the constitutional limit of two terms, allowing him to run in 2017. When the current seven-year term ends, he could run for another two five-year terms, in accordance with the Constitution.
In an interview with the Jeune Afrique news site in 2017, Kagame argued that Rwanda could prosper even in its absence, in response to the question of whether or not it will stand for election after 2017.
Mr. Kagame is criticized by human rights groups who accuse him of widespread violations, muzzling of the independent media and repression of the political opposition. He denies having committed wrongdoing.
Paul Kagame – brief profile
Paul Kagame was born in October 1957 in the southern province of Rwanda. His family fled persecution and ethnic violence that existed before independence in 1960, to take refuge in Uganda where Kagame spent 30 years as a refugee.
Kagame has joined the current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his group of guerrillas in launching a war to liberate Uganda from the dictatorship. Under the new government, he served as a senior military officer.
In 1990, he returned to Rwanda to lead the four-year struggle of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) to liberate the country from the autocratic order established since independence.
Led by Kagame, the Rwandan Patriotic Army defeated the government in July 1994 and the RPF then put Rwanda on the path of reconciliation, national construction and socio-economic development.
Paul Kagame was appointed Vice-President and Minister of Defense of the Government of national unity on July 19, 1994 and four years later, he was elected President of the RPF, partner of the Government of national unity.
On April 22, 2000, Paul Kagame was sworn in as President of the Republic of Rwanda after being elected by the Transitional National Assembly. He won the first democratic elections ever held in Rwanda in August 2003 before re-stacking in August 2010.