Rwanda’s Longtime President Paul Kagame Wins 3rd Term

Paul Kagame at a Rally Before Polls.

Results released by Rwanda’s electoral commission have given incumbent President Paul Kagame nearly 99 percent of the vote in the national election. The win granted him a third term in office.

The final vote tally late Saturday confirmed early poll results from Friday’s election, as well as political predictions for who would be Rwanda’s next president. Incumbent Paul Kagame won an expected victory over two little-known rivals with nearly 99 percent of the vote. The win extends his time in office to 17 years.

The other two presidential candidates, opposition politician Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and independent Phillipe Mpayimana, barely managed to scrape together one percent of total votes.

More on Rwanda Polls here.