Association for Social Promotion of the Masses

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The Association for Social Promotion of the Masses (French: Association pour la promotion sociale de la masse, APROSOMA) was a political party in Rwanda.


The party was established on 15 February 1959 by Joseph Gitera alongside friends and former schoolmates.[1] Although it initially promoted social improvement for both Hutu and Tutsi, it later became an anti-Tutsi party.[2]

APROSOMA contested the pre-independence elections in 1961, receiving 3.6% of the vote and winning two seats. In 1965 the country became a one-party state under MDR-Parmehutu.[3]


  1. ^ Aimable Twagilimana (2015) Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, Rowman & Littlefield, p25
  2. ^ Twagilimana, p183
  3. ^ History Embassy of Rwanda to the United Kingdom