President of Rwanda

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President of the
Republic of Rwanda
Flag of the President of Rwanda.svg
Flag of the President
Paul Kagame 2016-10-14.jpg
Incumbent
Paul Kagame

since 24 March 2000
ResidenceVillage Urugwiro, Kacyiru, Kigali
Term length7 years
Inaugural holderDominique Mbonyumutwa
Formation28 January 1961

This article lists the Presidents of Rwanda since the creation of the office in 1961 (during the Rwandan Revolution), to the present day. As specified in the constitution, the President functions as the head of state of Rwanda, and possesses broad executive powers.[1] The officeholder is elected by popular vote every seven years,[2] and appoints the Prime Minister and all other members of Cabinet.[3]

A total of four people have served as President of Rwanda (not counting two Acting Presidents). The current President is Paul Kagame, since 24 March 2000.

Key[change | change source]

Political parties
Other factions
Status

List[change | change source]

No. President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Ethnic affiliation Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office
Republic of Rwanda (part of Ruanda-Urundi)
1 Dominique Mbonyumutwa
(1921–1986)
No image.png 28 January 1961 26 October 1961 Hutu Parmehutu Kayibanda
style="background: Template:Parmehutu/meta/color;" |
2 Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
No image.png 26 October 1961 1 July 1962 1961 Hutu style="background: Template:Parmehutu/meta/color;" | Parmehutu Himself
Republic of Rwanda (independent country)
2 Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
No image.png 1 July 1962 5 July 1973
(deposed.)
1965
1969
Hutu style="background: Template:Parmehutu/meta/color;" | Parmehutu Position abolished
3 Juvénal Habyarimana
(1937–1994)[4]
Juvénal Habyarimana (1980).jpg 5 July 1973 6 April 1994
(assassinated.)
1978
1983
1988
Hutu style="background: Template:National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development/meta/color;" | Military /
MRND
Nsanzimana
Nsengiyaremye
Uwilingiyimana
4 Théodore Sindikubwabo
(1928–1998)
No image.png 8 April 1994 19 July 1994
(ousted.)[5]
Hutu MRND Kambanda
5 Pasteur Bizimungu
(1950–)
No image.png 19 July 1994 23 March 2000
(resigned.)
Hutu style="background: Template:Rwandan Patriotic Front/meta/color;" | RPF Twagiramungu
Rwigema
Makuza
6 Paul Kagame
(1957–)
Paul Kagame 2016-10-14.jpg 24 March 2000 Incumbent 2000
2003
2010
2017
Tutsi RPF Makuza
Habumuremyi
Murekezi
Ngirente
style="background: Template:Rwandan Patriotic Front/meta/color;" |

Latest election[change | change source]

Candidate Party Votes %
Paul Kagame Rwandan Patriotic Front 6,675,472 98.79
Philippe Mpayimana Independent 49,031 0.73
Frank Habineza Democratic Green Party of Rwanda 32,701 0.48
Invalid/blank votes 12,310
Total 6,769,514 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,897,076 98.15
Source: NEC Rwanda

Related pages[change | change source]

Footnotes[change | change source]

  1. CJCR 2003, article 117.
  2. CJCR 2003, articles 100–101.
  3. CJCR 2003, article 116.
  4. Styled as Chairman of the Committee for Peace and National Unity until 1 August 1973
  5. Fled to Zaire at the end of the Rwandan Civil War and the Rwandan genocide

References[change | change source]

  • Commission Juridique Et Constitutionnelle Du Rwanda (CJCR) (26 May 2003). "Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda". Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]