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Rwanda ruling party scores landslide

17 September 2013, 23:30

Kigali - Rwanda's ruling party scored a landslide win in parliamentary elections, taking 76.22% of the vote, the Electoral Commission said Tuesday.

Far behind the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) came two parties that are independent in name but that act like de facto RPF allies: the Social Democrats with 13.03% and the Liberals with 9.29% respectively.

No other party or independent scored more than 0.6% of the vote, the commission's executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a press conference.

The results are based on 100% of votes counted but are technically still provisional, Munyaneza said.

Turnout was 98.8%, officials said. Such figures are not unprecedented in Rwanda, where local authorities encourage the population to turn out and vote.

The PS-Imberakuri, which started out as an opposition party but lost its teeth, scraped a mere 0.56% and none of the independent candidates managed to make it over the 0.5%mark.

Only the RPF, the Social Democrats and the Liberals will get parliamentary seats as 5% is the minimum requirement.



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