KIGALI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Early results on Tuesday showed
that Rwandan President Paul Kagame would win re-election by a
landslide, after an election campaign that rights groups and
opponents said was marred by repression and violence against
Preliminary results from the National Electoral Commission
showed that in 11 out of a total 30 districts Kagame had won
1,610,422 votes out of 1,734,671 votes cast.
Kagame won the last election in 2003 -- the first since the
1994 genocide -- with 95 percent of the vote.
Analysts said the easy victory for Kagame indicated by the
first results was unsurprising, partly because of the economic
growth and stability he has delivered during his decade in power
and also because of a crackdown on rivals and critics.
Kagame's three registered rivals are weak and linked closely
to his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), they said. Three
would-be candidates accused the government of preventing them
from registering to contest the election.
Though land-locked and poor in resources, Rwanda is a rising
star in Africa for donors and investors and Kagame has been
feted as a visionary leader and African icon.
(Reporting by Hereward Holland; editing by George Obulutsa and