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President Kagame dissolves Parliament ahead of September elections

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Kigali: President Kagame on Thursday dissolved the Parliament's Chamber of Deputies to pave way for the forthcoming elections of new Members of Parliament due next month.

Speaking at the event which was held jointly with the signing of 2018/2018 of performance contracts, Imihigo, with central and local government leaders, President Kagame commended the achievements of the outgoing MPs and asked leaders in general to always aim at higher results instead of doing 'business as usual'.

"We will elect new MPs next month. This should not be 'business as usual'. They will have to build on what their predecessors have achieved and put more efforts where we still have noticeable gaps" President Kagame said.

The President also emphasised the need for leaders to improve on citizen outreach and understand their needs.

The Article 79 of the Constitution stipulates that the President of the Republic shall dissolve the Chamber of Deputies at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the expiry of its current members’ term of office.

The parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place between 2nd and 4th September 2018, including the general election of 53 MPs set for 3rd September.

On Monday, August 6, the National Electoral Commission published the final list of candidates, one week ahead of the Electoral campaign to kick off on August 13 and end on 01 September 2018, a day before the polls at Rwandan embassies and High Commissions abroad. 

Sworn-in on 4 October 2013, the outgoing Parliament was elected for a five-year term of office and is third since Rwanda held its first post-Genocide parliamentary elections in 2003.

Among the key achievements of the outgoing parliament include the voting of 315 laws affecting the country's political, social, economic life, in addition to other activities related to overseeing government activities and citizen outreach.  (End)


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