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(AFP (eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI, September 17, 2013 (AFP) - Rwanda's ruling party scored a landslide win in parliamentary elections, taking 76.22 percent of the vote, the Electoral Commission said Tuesday. Far behind the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) came two parties that are independent in name but that act like de facto RPF allies: the Social Democrats with 13.03 percent and the Liberals with 9.29 percent respectively. No other party or independent scored more than 0.6 percent of the vote, the commission's executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a press conference. The results are based on 100 percent of votes counted but are technically still provisional, Munyaneza said. Turnout was 98.8 percent, officials said. Such figures are not unprecedented in Rwanda, where local authorities encourage...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI | Tue Sep 17, 2013 (Reuters) - Rwanda's ruling party was cruising to a widely expected landslide win in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, early results showed, reinforcing President Paul Kagame's firm grip on power. The National Electoral Commission said Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) had won 76 percent of the vote with three quarters of ballots counted. Under Kagame's leadership, the east African country has become a favorite with foreign investors. The order book for Rwanda's debut eurobond in April was 8.5 times the $400 million sought, underlining its steady economic growth. But Kagame's opponents have accused him of cracking down on political opponents and restricting press freedoms - allegations he dismisses. Some Rwandans said turnout was low in...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/13)
Rwandans are going to the polls to elect a new parliament, with the governing RPF widely expected to retain its huge majority. The party of President Paul Kagame had 42 of the 53 directly elected seats in the outgoing parliament. Helped by quotas, Rwanda is the world's only parliament where women form a majority. The polls come days after two people were killed in two grenade attacks in the capital, Kigali. No group has said it carried out the attacks but officials have blamed the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is accused of links to the 1994 genocide. The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) government has been praised for maintaining stability and overseeing rapid economic growth...
(New Vision 09/17/13)
Rich armed poachers are costing East Africa millions of dollars in illegal ivory trade. The illegal trade is mostly fuelled by demand in Asia and the Middle East, where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used in traditional medicine and to make ornaments. Uganda and her sister states in the East African region account for 68% of the illegal ivory trade in the world, according to a 2012 report released at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES) at Bangkok, Thailand. Uganda is mostly a conduit route for ivory from neighbouring countries such as the DRC, Tanzania and Kenya. An elephant gives birth to a single calf after 22 months. Today there are 140,000 elephants in East Africa...
(AFP (eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI, September 17, 2013 (AFP) - The ruling party of Rwandan President Paul Kagame is headed for a widely-predicted landslide win in parliamentary elections, officials said Tuesday. The National Election Commission said the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which has dominated the central African nation since ending the genocide nearly 20 years ago, has scored 76 percent of the vote with three-quarters of the ballots counted. Analysts say the RPF faced no serious opposition, with only a handful of small parties or independent candidates hoping to scrape a few seats in parliament, and prominent opposition figures sidelined. The NEC's president, Kalisa Mbanda, said the independent Social Democrats and Liberals had scored 13 and 9.4 percent respectively, while the PS-Imberakuri party had...
(The Guardian 09/17/13)
Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative will compare existing approaches as part of drive to tackle urban conflict. Urban violence in 40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America will be investigated as part of an ambitious Canadian-British funded research project. The initiative will seek to understand the complex causes of urban violence and find practical solutions. The $11m (£6.7m) Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Britain's Department for International Development (DfID), will provide 15 research teams with grants of up to $500,000 each. "Top experts from around the world will analyse the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies and identify successful concrete examples," said John de Boer, a programme leader at...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI, September 16, 2013 (AFP) - Rwandans voted in parliamentary elections Monday, with the central African nation's strongman Paul Kagame predicting a solid win for his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The RPF has dominated Rwanda since ousting Hutu extremists and ending the genocide nearly 20 years ago, and has overseen the country's dramatic transformation from trauma to economic success story. Analysts say the RPF faced no serious opposition, with only a handful of small parties or independent candidates hoping to scrape a few seats in parliament, and prominent opposition figures sidelined. At the school where President Paul Kagame cast his vote security was tight, with a sniffer dog on hand to inspect bags and security checks for voters going...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI | Mon Sep 16, 2013 (Reuters) - Rwandans voted in a parliamentary election on Monday that is widely expected to hand an easy win to the ruling coalition in a national assembly that may be asked to change the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame a third term. The rebel commander-turned-statesman has sidestepped questions over whether he will run for office again. But there has been a run of articles in pro-government papers in recent months quoting supporters calling for an extension. Two decades on from the 1994 genocide, Rwanda is a poster-child for foreign investment in Africa, but political opponents and human rights groups accuse Kagame, 55, of trampling on the opposition and stifling dissent. "We all know...
(AL Jazeera 09/16/13)
The votes are projected to bolster President Paul Kagame's ruling party. Rwandans are voting in parliamentary polls with President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) as the forerunner. Out of the 80 seats in parliament, 53 are directly elected and 24 are reserved for women, the youth and handicapped -- who are indirectly appointed by local and national councils on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some six million people are eligible to cast their ballots in the voting on Monday, with turnout expected to be robust despite a low-key campaign and serious opposition to the RPF. This configuration has ensured that Rwanda has the only parliament in the world where women are in a majority -- 56.3 percent after the last elections...
(The New Times 09/16/13)
Ministers from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have approved the use of national identity cards as travel documents and the issuance of a single tourist visa. They made the endorsement at the end of a two-day meeting that sought to iron out issues under the tripartite arrangement. The meeting ended Friday in Kigali. During the Heads of State Summit in Entebbe, Uganda, in June, Rwanda was assigned to spearhead single tourism visa, use of IDs as travel documents as well as single customs territory. The ministers adopted the use of entry coupon that will accompany the identity cards. The coupon will act as an entry stamp. They also endorsed the design of the single tourist visa sticker.All the documents will be...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI, September 16, 2013 (AFP) - Rwandans were voting Monday in parliamentary polls seen as a shoo-in for President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the party that has held sway over the central African state since ending the genocide 20 years ago. Voters cast ballots in polling booths that in the capital were draped in the sky blue, green and yellow of the Rwandan flag, with some playing music. Some six million people are eligible to cast their ballots before polling stations close in mid-afternoon. Cars with loudspeakers cruised the pristine streets of the capital, neatly lined with palm trees, reminding voters not to forget their ID cards. At the school where President Paul Kagame cast his vote security...
(New Vision 09/16/13)
Rwandan nationals in Uganda on Sunday participated in the parliamentary elections by casting their votes at the High Commission in Kampala. Officials of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) at the High Commission’s premises in Kitante oversaw the voting with assistance from youth volunteers who issued ballot papers and guided voters. Voting started at 7.00am local time (EAT) and had earlier been scheduled to end at 3.00pm local time. The polling station consisted of tents erected in the diplomatic mission’s compound where nationals arrived and went through a check-point before their names were crosschecked and then guided to the voting queue. Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambagye said that there are over 6,000 registered voters living in various...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI | (Reuters) - One person was killed and 14 wounded in a grenade blast in a market in the Rwandan capital on Friday, police said, the latest in string of such attacks over the past few years. There was a series of similar incidents in 2010 and at least three blasts last year. This was the third such incident in Kigali this year. Police said in statement published on their Twitter feed that three people had been detained in connection with the blast in Kicukiro market. It did not give further details, and police officers could not immediately be reached for comment. The motive for the attacks is not clear. Rwanda starts voting in its parliamentary election on Monday...
(This Day Live 09/16/13)
East Africa's poster boy of emerging markets, Rwanda, will be showcasing its tourism products at the forthcoming Akwaaba African Travel Market. The event, which is billed for October 27 to 29 in Lagos, will be a platform for Rwanda, recently rated as the most improved tourism destination in Africa, to reach the Nigerian audience. With its resurgent airline, Rwandair, positioning itself as one of the preferred Airlines in Africa, the country is blessed with a wonderful environment. Meanwhile, Namibia, one of Africa's most unique destinations, is set to expand its appeal to more West African travellers. The Namibian Ministry of Tourism and Environment and the Namibian Film commission will also be showcasing at Akwaaba. Air Namibia flies to Ghana and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/13)
JERUSALEM | Mon Sep 16, 2013 (Reuters) - Israel's supreme court on Monday struck down a year-old law that meant African migrants could be held in detention for up three years without charge. The law, that came into force in June last year, was meant to deter illegal immigration but was condemned by human rights campaigners as a harsh and illegal way of treating people, especially those fleeing persecution and seeking asylum. A right-wing lawmaker said the court's ruling risked damaging the character of Israel - a state built on Jewish immigration - by opening the door to more Africans. Chief Justice Asher Grunis said the law contradicted Israel's legal guarantees of basic democratic freedoms, and "therefore, it ought to...
(Financial Times 09/15/13)
Future unrest is likely in sub-Saharan Africa if jobs cannot be created for the continent’s growing numbers of young people, the EU’s development chief has warned. Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, said Africa contained the world’s greatest social problems. “The magnitude of the problem is immense and the challenges facing sub-Saharan African countries are huge,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times, adding that the region’s population is growing rapidly and half were under 25 years old. Mr Piebalgs, who spoke last week at an international youth job creation summit in London, said sub-Saharan Africa’s relatively low youth unemployment rate of 3 per cent, compared with the 50 per cent in some European countries, disguised the scale...
(The Globe and Mail 09/14/13)
When one of South Africa’s biggest newspaper chains was sold last month, an odd name was buried in the list of new owners: China International Television Corp. A major stake in a South African newspaper group might seem an unusual acquisition for Chinese state television, but it was no mystery to anyone who has watched the rapid expansion of China’s media empire across Africa. From newspapers and magazines to satellite television and radio stations, China is investing heavily in African media. It’s part of a long-term campaign to bolster Beijing’s “soft power” – not just through diplomacy, but also through foreign aid, business links, scholarships, training programs, academic institutes and the media. Its investments have allowed China to promote its...
(National Post 09/14/13)
Africa’s population will more than double to 2.4 billion within 40 years, thanks in large part to better health care, according to a major study. Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is rising faster than the rest of the world because modern medicine and health care on the continent means more babies are surviving birth complications, and fewer adults are dying from preventable diseases. But the number of children being conceived is not dropping, or is doing so very slowly. “This means that population growth rates would naturally rise if birth rates stay as they are,” said Carl Haub, the co-author of the report by the U.S.-based Population Reference Bureau. African mothers currently give birth to an average of 5.2 children, rising to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/13)
( Reuters) - They are often compared to Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, the activist couple who came to fame in 1960s tracking down Nazis from France. But Alain and Dafroza Gauthier have their sights on Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The pair have spent a decade searching for dozens of suspected accomplices of the massacre in the east African country who have since been living quietly in France. France has now agreed to stage the first trial of a 53-year-old former soldier accused of arming and guiding the killers. It is a victory for the Gauthiers and could help relations between the two countries as they try to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties although it could complicate them if the outcome does...
(Voice of America 09/13/13)
GENEVA — A new report says the number of global deaths among children under age five is almost half what it was 22 years ago. A joint report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization,and World Bank finds about 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2012 compared to 12 million children who died in 1990. The report calls the progress being made in cutting child deaths remarkable. However, it says this is still not good enough. It says most child deaths are preventable, and that by applying a number of simple, affordable measures, more children’s lives can be saved. Elizabeth Mason, director of the World Health Organization's department of maternal, newborn, child and...

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