Incumbent President Paul Kagame wins the ballot for third consecutive term by 98 percent vote, extending his time in office to 17 years.

Kagame’s victory was much expected over two little-known rivals – opposition politician Frank Habineza from Democratic Green Party and independent Phillipe Mpayimana.

The third rival, Diane Rwigara, was disqualified by the election board ahead of the Friday’s election citing the candidate failed to meet the necessary requirements.

National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Kalisa Mbanda tweeted the results as below:

74% of Preliminary Results National Wide:
Paul Kagame – 5,433,890 = 98.66%
Frank Habineza – 24,904 = 0.45%
Phillipe Mpayimana – 39,620 = 0.72%

The 59-year-old former guerilla leader said, “We expect that even if we get 100 percent of votes, there will not be any change.”

About 7 million people were registered to vote for the next president of Rwanda who can best lead the country for next seven years.

In a televised speech the president said, “This is another seven years to take care of issues that affect Rwandans and ensure that we become real Rwandans who are developing.”

In the last presidential election in 2010 Kagame won with 93 percent of vote.

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Incumbent President Paul Kagame wins the ballot for third consecutive term by 98 percent vote, extending his time in office to 17 years. Kagame's victory was much expected over two little-known rivals - opposition politician Frank Habineza from Democratic Green Party and independent Phillipe Mpayimana. The third rival, Diane Rwigara, was...