Rwanda – Parliament dissolved

On 15 August President Paul Kagame dissolved the Rwandan parliament. The election will be held on 15 September.

Rwanda is not classed as an electoral democracy by Freedom House and it is not classed as even a partial democracy by either Freedom House or Polity. The system is dominated by the RPF party, which is fighting the election in coalition with six other small parties. Last time the RPF won 70% of the seats and it is unlikely to do any worse this time around.

In the election 53 seats are directly elected and another 27 seats are then allocated to under-represented groups, 24 of which go to women. Recall that Rwanda has the highest female representation in any national parliament at 48% last time.

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