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Vol 45 No 4

Published 20th February 2004


Rwanda

Deadly anniversary

The regime prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the genocide

Six months after his Front Patriotique Rwandais swept the board at last year's presidential and parliamentary elections, President Paul Kagame is still putting his regime in order (AC Vol 44 No 20). He has faced no effective political opposition since the presidential campaign, when his main opponent, the Hutu former Prime Minister, Faustin Twagiramungu, found his Mouvement Démocratique Républicain (MDR) banned as 'divisionist'. That fatally weakened the opposition Alliance Démocratique pour l'Equité et le Progrès-Espoir (ADEP-Mizero), whose leaders noted that their treatment aroused no significant international protest. With the elections won, the government went on suppressing its opponents.

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