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Rwanda’s ruling party unveils 7-year manifesto        

KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Rwanda’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Wednesday unveiled its manifesto, a policy document the party hopes to convince the electorate to give incumbent President Paul Kagame another elective seven-year term.

The manifesto puts emphasis on economic development, social welfare, and good governance as well as justice with an aim of transforming Rwanda into a knowledge based economy.

Unveiling the manifesto in Kigali, the RPF Secretary General Francois Ngarambe said the manifesto is mainly about consolidating achievements of the past 23 years in the different areas once given the mandate.

“In the RPF’s new manifesto, we want to continue working with all Rwandans in finding quick solutions. Activities to promote our candidate will reach everyone,” Ngarambe said in a statement.

A pocket size booklet outlines promotion of well-being of Rwandans, quality education, promotion of women’s and children rights and strengthening of social protection programs for vulnerable Rwandans, and strengthening unity of Rwandans, urbanization, increasing agricultural production among other areas of focus.

“We have our manifesto ready and we shall explain to Rwandans in detail what we intend to bring to them in the next seven years,” said Ngarambe.

Campaigns for three qualified presidential candidates will officially begin on July 14 and end on August 3, just a day before the elections.

About 6.8 million people will participate in this year’s presidential elections, up from 5.7 million who participated in 2010 presidential elections, according to the NEC.

Incumbent President Kagame has been president since 2000 when he was elected transitional president by ministers and members of parliament following the resignation of then President Pasteur Bizimungu. Kagame was then reelected in 2003 and 2010.  

           

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