Minister for Africa comments on Rwandan Elections

Minister for Africa comments on Rwandan Elections

Following Rwanda’s 2017 Presidential Elections on the 4th August 2017, which saw President-Elect His Excellency Paul Kagame win with an overall majority of 98.79%, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Rory Stewart OBE MP made the following comments, conveying the UK’s commitment to continue to work with President Kagame and the Government of Rwanda on shared priorities:

Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart said:

Rory Stewart, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The people of Rwanda participated peacefully and in great numbers in last week’s Presidential election, with a result which reflected the will of most Rwandans.

However, international observers, including from the UK, noted problems on polling day, though this followed a more open campaign than in previous elections. I hope that Rwanda will continue to improve its electoral system in advance of the 2018 parliamentary elections.

As a close and long-standing partner of Rwanda for many years, the UK looks forward to working with President Kagame on our shared priorities of development, peacekeeping, trade and the future of the Commonwealth.

Sharing the Minister’s comments in a tweet, Simon Mustard, FCO Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes, tweeted: “UK looks forward to working with following 4 Aug elections…”

Further information

SOURCE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rwandan-presidential-elections

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