Social Democratic Party (Rwanda)

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The Social Democratic Party is a centre-left social democratic political party in Rwanda. The party support the Paul Kagame government. It started in 1991. Its main leaders were killed in the morning of the first day of the genocide. [1]

After the genocide the party joined the national unity government. It supported President Paul Kagame in the 2003 presidential elections, and got12% of the vote in the 2003 parliamentary elections, winning seven seats.

The party's vote share rose to 13% in the 2008 elections, as it kept its seven seats. In the 2010 presidential elections the party had Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo as its candidate; he received 5% of the vote, coming second to Kagame, who received 93%.[2]

In the 2013 parliamentary elections the party again got 13% of the vote, winning seven seats. It was reduced to five seats in the 2018 elections.

References[change | change source]

  1. Aimable Twagilimana (2007) Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, Scarecrow Press, p180
  2. "Kagame sweeps 93% of Rwandan votes". Afronline. Società Editoriale Vita S.p.A. 11 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2010-08-13.