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Rwandans overseas begin voting in presidential election

Supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame attend an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. Kagame...
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame attends an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. Kagame has been in ...
Rwandan presidential candidate Philippe Mpayimana campaigns in the Nyarugenge district of Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. President Paul Kaga...
Supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, center, attend an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 201...

Supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame attend an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. Kagame...

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame attends an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. Kagame has been in ...

Rwandan presidential candidate Philippe Mpayimana campaigns in the Nyarugenge district of Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. President Paul Kaga...

Supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, center, attend an election campaign rally on the hills overlooking Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday Aug. 2, 201...

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans living outside the country have started voting a day before the presidential election that longtime leader Paul Kagame is widely expected to win.

The electoral commission for the East African nation says more than 44,000 people in the diaspora are expected to vote at nearly 100 polling stations. Political analysts say that's a small part of the millions of Rwandans living overseas.

Rwanda's 6.9 million registered voters can vote on Friday.

Kagame won the 2010 election with 93 percent of the vote.

His challengers this time include little-known Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party — the only permitted opposition party — and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.


Updated : 2021-01-23 16:57 GMT+08:00