Kagame party wins majority in Rwanda

Sep 18, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT
REUTERS/Jenny Clover

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An election official says President Paul Kagame's ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front party has won the majority of seats in parliamentary elections.

The head of the Rwandan Electoral Commission Kalisa Mbanda said late Tuesday the election was free and fair even though human right groups said opposition parties not allied to the Kagame's RPF did not have fair conditions.

The RPF won 40 of the 53 seats open to political parties. Rwanda's lower house has 80 members but 27 seats are reserved for women, people with disabilities and youths.

Monday's elections were Rwanda's third legislative polls since the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of more than 500, 000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Human Rights Watch said ahead of the vote, the outcome was "known before the polls."