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Tutsi stays in power

The week's news at a glance.

Kigali, Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, a Tutsi, won an overwhelming re-election victory this week in his Hutu-dominated nation. In 1994, Kagame, a rebel general, overthrew the murderous Hutu government responsible for the genocide in which 800,000 people—mostly Tutsis—were killed. His victory this week came in the first election in Rwanda’s 40 years of independence from Belgium that featured more than one candidate. Still, it was less than fully democratic. The four Hutu challengers were intimidated and harassed by police and ignored or defamed by the state-controlled media. Rwanda is 85 percent Hutu.

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