Kagame favored in Rwanda election, but issues cloud his presidency

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame is expected to retain power after the country goes to the polls Monday in its second presidential elections since the 1994 genocide.

Under Kagame, who became president of Rwanda in 2000, the country’s gross domestic produce has doubled in the last decade and there is a construction boom, especially in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, steadily turning it into a modern city. The organization Transparency International recently ranked Rwanda as the least corrupt nation in the region.

And Rwanda boasts of the highest number of female members of parliament in the world, as school attendance increases and child mortality declines.

But even with the impressive record, there are issues that cloud Kagame’s presidency.


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