KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's long-time president has 99 percent support with nearly half the ballots counted in Friday's presidential election, according to preliminary results from a vote he was widely expected to win.
President Paul Kagame, who has led Rwanda since his rebels ended the 1994 genocide that left more than 800,000 people dead, told a campaign rally in July that "the day of the presidential elections will just be a formality."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on Rwanda's presidential election (all times local):
With 40 percent of the polls reporting, President Paul Kagame is leading Rwanda's presidential election with over 99 percent of the vote.
Neither of his challengers — Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana — has reached the 1 percent mark so far, according to preliminary results announced by the electoral commission Friday night.
Kagame won 93 percent of the vote in the 2010 presidential election.
Rwandans overseas begin voting in presidential election
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans living outside the country started voting Thursday, a day before the presidential election that longtime leader Paul Kagame is widely expected to win.
The electoral commission for the East African nation said more than 44,000 people in the diaspora were expected to vote at nearly 100 polling stations. Political analysts called that a small part of the millions of Rwandans living overseas.
Rwanda's 6.9 million registered voters can vote on Friday.