List of Presidents of Rwanda

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President of the
Republic of Rwanda
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Flag of the President
Paul Kagame 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Paul Kagame

since 24 March 2000
Residence Urugwiro, Kigali
Term length 7 years
Inaugural holder Dominique Mbonyumutwa
Formation 28 January 1961
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This is a list of Presidents of Rwanda since the formation of the post of President of Rwanda in 1961 (during the Rwandan Revolution), to the present day.

A total of four people have served as President of Rwanda (not counting two Acting Presidents).

The current President of Rwanda is Paul Kagame, since 24 March 2000.

Key[edit]

Political parties
Other factions
Status
  •   Acting President

Presidents of Rwanda[edit]

President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Ethnic affiliation Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office
Republic of Rwanda (part of Ruanda-Urundi)
Dominique Mbonyumutwa
(1921–1986)
No image.png 28 January 1961 26 October 1961 Hutu Parmehutu Kayibanda
1 Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
No image.png 26 October 1961 1 July 1962 Hutu Parmehutu Himself
Republic of Rwanda (independent country)
(1) Grégoire Kayibanda
(1924–1976)
No image.png 1 July 1962 5 July 1973
(deposed.)
1965, 1969 Hutu Parmehutu Position abolished
2 Juvénal Habyarimana
(1937–1994)[1]
Juvénal Habyarimana (1980).jpg 5 July 1973 6 April 1994
(assassinated.)
1978, 1983, 1988 Hutu Military /
MRND
Nsanzimana
Nsengiyaremye
Uwilingiyimana
Théodore Sindikubwabo
(1928–1998)
No image.png 8 April 1994 19 July 1994
(ousted.)[2]
Hutu MRND Kambanda
3 Pasteur Bizimungu
(1950–)
No image.png 19 July 1994 23 March 2000
(resigned.)
Hutu RPF Twagiramungu
Rwigema
Makuza
4 Paul Kagame
(1957–)
Paul Kagame 2014.jpg 24 March 2000 22 April 2000 2003, 2010 Tutsi RPF Makuza
Habumuremyi
Murekezi
22 April 2000 Incumbent

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 August 2010 Rwandan presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Paul KagameRwandan Patriotic Front 4,638,560 93.08
Jean Damascene NtawukuriryayoSocial Democratic Party 256,488 5.15
Prosper HigiroLiberal Party 68,235 1.37
Alvera MukabarambaParty for Progress and Concord 20,107 0.40
Total valid votes 4,983,390 100.0
Invalid/Blank votes
Total votes
Registered voters 5,178,492
Source: National Electoral Commission of Rwanda (PDF)

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Committee for Peace and National Unity until 1 August 1973
  2. ^ Fled to Zaire at the end of the Rwandan Civil War and the Rwandan genocide

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