Friday, May 5, 2017
The incumbent, President Paul Kagame, is also running after Rwanda voted in 2015 to allow him to extend term limits in a referendum. Rwigara is not the only candidate challenging Kagame, but the political system favours the incumbent and offers little opportunity for a significant opposition challenge. The electoral commission will receive official candidate nominations in the coming weeks before listing qualified candidates in early July.
- Kagame’s next term could start with economic challenges if the agricultural sector struggles.
- Regional insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi poses a risk to domestic stability.
- The government’s goal of becoming a middle-income country in the 2020s could prove overly ambitious.