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Vol 51 No 2

Published 22nd January 2010


Problems on the home front

Despite President Kagame's rapprochement with both France and Congo-Kinshasa, he faces dissent among some of the former faithful

The new year started well for President Paul Kagame's international standing. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is encouraging a rapprochement. An independent inquiry (see Pointer) has scotched the accusation by French anti-terrorism Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière that Kagame's Front Populaire Rwandais (FPR) triggered the genocide by shooting down the aircraft carrying President Juvénal Habyarimana on 6 April 1994. Kagame has kept Congolese President Joseph Kabila on side. Britain and the United States think the impressive economic recovery makes Rwanda one of Africa's bright hopes while in November, after some wobbles and bickering, the Commonwealth embraced Rwanda.

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