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Diane Shima Rwigara Announces Another Presidential Run in Rwanda

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Mbeki edmond

May 8, 2024

Rwanda Elections July 2024

Diane Rwigara speaks to the media in Kigali, Rwanda, June 20, 2017. © 2017 Jean Bizimana/Reuters

Diane Shima Rwigara has announced her candidacy for the Rwandan presidency in the upcoming July 2024 elections.

Rwigara shared her intentions on her X account, stating, "A new chapter in the history of Rwanda begins now. Together, we will make history. Support me in this endeavor to become president." This marks her second presidential bid after a challenging campaign in 2017.

Diane Shima Rwigara, daughter of the late businessman Assinapol Rwigara, is a notable figure in Rwanda's political scene, known for her vocal criticism of President Paul Kagame's administration.

Her repeated candidacy underscores her commitment to challenging the political status quo in Rwanda. In 2017, her candidacy was blocked by the National Electoral Commission, which led to widespread domestic and international criticism viewed as a move to suppress political dissent. Rwigara and her mother were arrested on charges of inciting insurrection and tax evasion but were later acquitted.

Her campaign is expected to ignite significant discussions on governance, democracy, and human rights as the election approaches. As a prominent critic of the current regime, Rwigara's run is seen as a vital step toward enhancing political pluralism and freedom of expression in Rwanda.

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