The Rwandan ruling party, Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) re-elected President Paul Kagame as its chairman for a five-year term on Sunday.
Kagame won 2,099 out of 2,102 total votes, defeating Abdul Karim Harerimana, at the party’s 16th national congress.
The party held the congress at it’s headquarters in Rusororo, on the outskirts of the capital Kigali.
On the last day of the party’s two-day national congress, which coincided with the party’s 35th anniversary, party delegates gathered at the Intare Conference Arena and elected RPF’s National Executive Committee.
The party’s leadership elected included the chairman, vice chairman, secretary-general and 25 commissioners.
The party congress also saw the election of Consolee Uwimana to the position of vice chairperson.
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Wellars Gasamagera was elected as the new party secretary-general, succeeding Francois Ngarambe.
Uwimana’s election as vice-chairperson makes her the first woman in the party’s 35-year history to hold such a position.
According to the party constitution, at least 30 per cent of NEC members must be women.
The party also designated special slots for the youth among the commissioners.
Earlier during the congress’s opening, Kagame said the country and the party share the same ambition, sense of responsibility, expectation and burden as any other country, irrespective of size.
Kagame emphasized accountability and sacrifice as crucial elements in advancing the party and maintaining achievements of past few decades. (Xinhua)
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