The Rwandan electoral commission confirmed on Wednesday the victory of President Kagame with a score of 98.79% of the vote.
The outgoing leader of the country since the end of the 1994 genocide slightly improves the preliminary result of 98.63% of the vote.
After the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, to oppose the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the rebellion of Paul Kagame which put an end to the massacres, has long been inconceivable.
At the cost of immeasurable sacrifices, these Tutsi soldiers had driven out the Hutu genocidaires by force. The latter, largely regrouped and still armed in neighboring Zaire, had only one project at the time: to regain power by finishing the “work”.
The overwhelming victory of Mr. Kagame, 59, was welcomed.
The final result of the presidential elections credits rivals in the election, opposing Frank Habineza and independent candidate Phillipe Mpayimana of 0.48 and 0.73% of votes respectively.
According to the electoral commission, the participation rate amounted to 96.42% of the 6.9 million registered voters.
The percentage of votes obtained by Mr. Kagame corresponds to the percentage by which Rwandans had approved in 2015 an amendment to the Constitution allowing him to run for a third term and potentially direct the country until 2034.
The United States, however, expressed reservations about the victory.
“We are disturbed by the irregularities observed during the election and we reiterate our long-standing concerns about the integrity of the vote totaling process,” the State Department said Saturday.
US diplomacy also voiced concerns about “lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of potential candidates.” The European Union had raised similar criticisms.