|President of the Republic of Rwanda|
|Type||Head of state|
|Term length||7 years|
|Formation||28 January 1961|
|First holder||Dominique Mbonyumutwa|
The president of Rwanda is the head of state and head of executive of the Republic of Rwanda. The president is elected every seven years by popular vote, and appoints the prime minister and all other members of Cabinet.
A total of 4 people have served in the office. The incumbent president is Paul Kagame, who took office on 22 April 2000, after being acting president for nearly a month.
There was a two-term limit for the president in the Constitution of Rwanda. The constitutional referendum in 2015 allowed Paul Kagame third seven-year term, and ability to run for further two five-year terms thereafter.
List of officeholders
- Political parties
- Other factions
|Elected||Term of office||Ethnic group||Political party||Prime minister(s)|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|Republic of Rwanda (part of Ruanda-Urundi)|
|—||28 January 1961||26 October 1961||271 days||Hutu||Parmehutu||Kayibanda|
|1961||26 October 1961||1 July 1962||248 days||Hutu||Parmehutu||Himself|
|Republic of Rwanda (independent country)|
|1 July 1962||5 July 1973
|11 years, 4 days||Hutu||Parmehutu||Position abolished|
|5 July 1973||6 April 1994
|20 years, 275 days||Hutu||Military /
|—||8 April 1994||19 July 1994
|—||19 July 1994||23 March 2000
|5 years, 248 days||Hutu||RPF||Twagiramungu|
|24 March 2000||22 April 2000||29 days||Tutsi||RPF||Makuza|
|22 April 2000||Incumbent||23 years, 152 days|
|Paul Kagame||Rwandan Patriotic Front||6,675,472||98.79|
|Frank Habineza||Democratic Green Party of Rwanda||32,701||0.48|
|Source: NEC Rwanda|
- Politics of Rwanda
- List of kings of Rwanda
- Vice President of Rwanda
- Prime Minister of Rwanda
- List of colonial governors of Ruanda-Urundi
- "Top 15 Highest Paid African Presidents 2017". 15 December 2016.
- CJCR 2003, article 117.
- CJCR 2003, articles 100–101.
- CJCR 2003, article 116.
- Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
- Commission Juridique Et Constitutionnelle Du Rwanda (CJCR) (26 May 2003). "Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda". Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2015.