Rwanda: Background and Current Developments
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In 2003, Rwanda held its first multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections in decades. President Paul Kagame of the Rwanda Patriotic Front RPF won 95 of the votes cast, while his nearest rival, Faustin Twagiramungu, received 3.6 of the votes cast. In the legislative elections, the ruling RPF won 73 in the 80-seat National Assembly, while the remaining seats went to RPF allies and former coalition partners. In September 2008, Rwanda held legislative elections, and the RPF won a majority of the seats. Rwandese women are now the majority in the National Assembly. In October 2008, the National Assembly elected Ms. Mukantabam Rose as the first female speaker of the Assembly. The next presidential elections are scheduled for August 2010.
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