RWANDA: Political Parties PSD, PL Back Kagame’s Presidential Bid

Rwanda’s opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Labour Party (PL) have declared their support for ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Presidential candidate Paul Kagame.

PSD, shop and PL on Saturday and Sunday respectively held general assemblies of their parties to nominate their flag bearers in the coming presidential elections.

Chaired by Party Chairman Dr. Vincent Biruta, PSD’s general assembly had two options of either raising their flag bearer from the party or supporting Kagame.

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They agreed that Kagame is “the candidate of the citizens choice” since they requested the parliament to change article 101 of the constitution that limited presidential terms.

In 2015, over four million Rwandans petitioned parliament calling for the amendment of the constitution to allow for President Kagame, who was serving what would be his last term, to stand again.

PSD Party Members in a General Meeting

PSD Party Members in a General Meeting

Speaking at the occasion, PSD chairman Vicent Biruta said backing Paul Kagame is insurance.

“He is a leader who gives value to citizens; he championed the stopping of 1994 genocide and has a clear vision of the country.”

Biruta added “PSD and RPF have had a long time partnership. Even before the 1994 genocide, leaders of both parties had partnerships. In 2003 we supported Paul Kagame and campaigned for him,” he said.

RPF however, is yet to decide who to front to the race although Kagame has the highest odds.

Labour Party Chairman, Donatille Mukabalisa said the party backed Kagame “because he is a visionary leader who will satisfy the needs of the party members.”

Currently, Green Party’s Frank Habineza, independent Diane shima Rwigara, Phillip Mpayimana, and Gilbert Mwenedata have expressed presidential ambitions.


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