President Paul Kagame Wins Presidential Elections By A Landslide

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"We remain concerned by the lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of prospective candidates", the statement, from department spokeswoman Heather Nauert continued.

"I am very pleased".

"The victory belongs to Rwandans who put trust in me". "The continuity is reassuring", she said, crediting Kagame with developing the country and creating "a better life for Rwandans".

He was appointed president by lawmakers in 2000 before being elected in 2003 with 95% of votes and again in 2010 with 93% of votes.

With four-fifths of votes counted, the 59-year-old former guerrilla leader appeared likely to win with nearly 99% of votes cast, the national electoral commission's executive secretary, Charles Munyaneza, told a news conference on Saturday.

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The tally matched the proportion of people who supported a constitutional amendment two years ago permitting Kagame to run for a third, fourth and fifth term potentially seeing him rule until 2034.

At a succession of rallies attended by large numbers of supporters from the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front party, Kagame promised more schools, roads and clinics.

"We are going to continue with the work we started by advocating for a better Rwanda".

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

"I am not going to stop here".

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Inside a gymnasium in the capital music and dancers entertained hundreds of party loyalists who celebrated into the morning. "They were all celebrating and I left at 2 am, but they were still dancing and more were coming", said John Habimana, owner of the popular Roasty Bar in Kigali.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame faces another seven years leading the small East African nation.

Mr Kagame has won global praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

He has received worldwide praise for helping the nation peacefully transition away from years of genocide and rebuilding the economy and vowed to continue the country's economic growth in a televised speech after initial results were released on Friday.

But he has also faced mounting criticism for what human rights groups say are widespread abuses, a muzzling of independent media, and suppression of political opposition.

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"Even the critics will tell you Kagame is an extraordinary leader who walks the talk", Kigali resident Charles Karemera said after voting.

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