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Embattled Rwandan Leader Sworn-in

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Special to the NNPA from GIN –

(GIN) – Despite fierce criticism by rights groups and the foreign press for suppressing political opposition and freedom of speech, Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn-in for his final term in the company of more than a dozen African leaders and distinguished guests.

Addressing a large crowd of Rwandans and more than a dozen African heads of state, Kagame said he would not succumb to lessons from self-proclaimed critics, including human rights organizations, NGOs and the media.

Kagame said that despite the fact that African governments do what every credible government is expected to do, they are often accused of being corrupt and not responsive to the needs of their populations.

“These external actors turn around and promote the dangerous ideas of those who have fallen out with the system, ignoring the choices of the majority of our people … it is evidence of hypocrisy and a patronizing attitude towards our entire continent,” the President added.

“We need to continue to govern effectively, provide expected public goods and empower our citizens,” he said.

Kagame was sworn in for a second seven-year term after winning the Aug. 9 presidential elections with an overwhelming 93 per cent of the popular vote.

Attending the ceremony were presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Joseph Kabila of the DRC, Idriss Deby of Chad, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. Also, the presidents of Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Zambia, Central African Republic, Togo, Benin and Ethiopia. The UN secretary-general was represented by economist Jeffrey Sachs. w/pix of Pres. Paul Kagame holding Constitution.

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