List of presidents of Rwanda

This article lists the presidents of Rwanda since the creation of the office in 1961 (during the Rwandan Revolution), to the present day. As specified in the constitution, the President functions as the head of state of Rwanda, and possesses broad executive powers.[2] The officeholder is elected by popular vote every seven years,[3] and appoints the Prime Minister and all other members of Cabinet.[4]

President of the
Republic of Rwanda
Flag of the President of Rwanda.svg
Flag of the President
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Incumbent
Paul Kagame

since 24 March 2000
ResidenceVillage Urugwiro, Kacyiru, Kigali
Term length7 years
Formation28 January 1961
First holderDominique Mbonyumutwa
Salary85,000 USD annually[1]

A total of four people have served as President of Rwanda (not counting two Acting Presidents). The current President is Paul Kagame, since 24 March 2000.

KeyEdit

Political parties
Other factions
Status
  •   Acting President

List of officeholdersEdit

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Ethnic group Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of Rwanda (part of Ruanda-Urundi)
  Dominique Mbonyumutwa
(1921–1986)
28 January 1961 26 October 1961 271 days Hutu Parmehutu Kayibanda
1   Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
1961 26 October 1961 1 July 1962 248 days Hutu Parmehutu Himself
Republic of Rwanda (independent country)
(1)   Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
1965
1969
1 July 1962 5 July 1973
(deposed.)
11 years, 4 days Hutu Parmehutu Position abolished
2   Juvénal Habyarimana
(1937–1994)
[a]
1978
1983
1988
5 July 1973 6 April 1994
(assassinated.)
20 years, 275 days Hutu Military /
MRND
Nsanzimana
Nsengiyaremye
Uwilingiyimana
  Théodore Sindikubwabo
(1928–1998)
8 April 1994 19 July 1994
(ousted.)
[b]
102 days Hutu MRND Kambanda
3   Pasteur Bizimungu
(born 1950)
19 July 1994 23 March 2000
(resigned.)
5 years, 248 days Hutu RPF Twagiramungu
Rwigema
Makuza
4   Paul Kagame
(born 1957)
2003
2010
2017
24 March 2000 22 April 2000 29 days Tutsi RPF Makuza
Habumuremyi
Murekezi
Ngirente
22 April 2000 Incumbent 21 years, 154 days

TimelineEdit

Paul KagamePasteur BizimunguThéodore SindikubwaboJuvénal HabyarimanaGrégoire KayibandaDominique Mbonyumutwa

Latest electionEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Paul Kagame Rwandan Patriotic Front 6,675,472 98.79
Philippe Mpayimana Independent 49,031 0.73
Frank Habineza Democratic Green Party of Rwanda 32,701 0.48
Invalid/blank votes 12,310
Total 6,769,514 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,897,076 98.15
Source: NEC Rwanda

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Committee for Peace and National Unity until 1 August 1973.
  2. ^ Fled to Zaire at the end of the Rwandan Civil War and the Rwandan genocide.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top 15 Highest Paid African Presidents 2017". 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ CJCR 2003, article 117.
  3. ^ CJCR 2003, articles 100–101.
  4. ^ CJCR 2003, article 116.

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