- Title: Rwandan presidential candidates hold final election rallies
- Date: 2nd August 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Kinyarwanda) RWANDAN PRESIDENT, PAUL KAGAME, SAYING: "Those who talk about us think they know us, but they actually don't. I have said it before, those who think they can decide for Rwanda or tell us what we should do, or those who think that they can tell Kagame what he can or can't do, that is when I will exactly do the opposite of what they are telling me to do." CAMERAMEN FILMING KAGAME SUPPORTERS OPPOSITION RALLY, SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FRANK HABINEZA GATHERING HABINEZA SUPPORTERS DANCING HABINEZA ARRIVING AT RALLY IN VEHICLE HABINEZA SUPPORTERS
- Embargoed: 16th August 2017 20:52
- Keywords: President Paul Kagame Frank Habineza Campaign rallies Supporters Rwanda Kigali Rwandan election Rwandan presidential election
- Location: KIGALI, RWANDA
- City: KIGALI, RWANDA
- Country: Rwanda
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0036SGSZT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Presidential hopefuls in the Rwandan elections (August 4) held their final campaigns in the country's capital of Kigali on Wednesday (August 2).
Incumbent Paul Kagame and one of his main rivals, Frank Habineza, took to the stage in a last minute effort to try to convince voters before Friday's (August 4) election.
Kagame, who is running for a third term, has been president since 2000 but has effectively in control since his rebel force marched into Kigali in 1994 to end a genocide.
Despite being poor in resources, Rwanda is becoming increasingly popular in Africa for donors and investors and Kagame has been feted as a visionary leader and an African icon.
However, activists say development has come at the expense of civil liberties and media freedom. Some of his political opponents have been killed after they fled abroad, in cases that remain unsolved. The government denies any involvement.
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