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ABUJA, Nigeria, June 24 (UPI) -- Rising tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have prompted the two nations' presidents to arrange peace talks in Nigeria.

Rwanda commemorates 1994 genocide victims

KIGALI, Rwanda, April 7 (UPI) -- A crowd of 65,000 people gathered in the Rwandan capital Kigali Wednesday to remember the victims of genocide that shook the country 10 years ago.

Rwanda marks 10th anniversary of genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda, April 6 (UPI) -- Rwanda marked a solemn anniversary Tuesday, the 10th year since 800,000 people were hacked, clubbed and stabbed to death, the BBC reported.

France accused of African genocide role

KIGALI, Rwanda, March 16 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame turned the table on French investigators Tuesday, claiming the French government itself was responsible for a 1994 massacre.

Rwandan election 'not entirely fair

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- European Union election observers say Rwanda's recent presidential polling was "not entirely" free and fair but it was an important step toward democracy.

Rwandan president has election lead

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame declared victory Tuesday and will remain in office for another seven years.

Kagame confident of victory in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Incumbent President Paul Kagame, who was among those who voted Monday in Rwanda's first presidential elections, remained confident of victory.

Kagame expected to win Rwanda election

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Paul Kagame, who helped end the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, is expected to win that country's first presidential election set for Monday.

Tensions mount as election day nears

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Political tensions are mounting Rwanda as the country prepares for its first multi-party presidential election since the 1994 genocide.

The face of Congo economics: Part 1

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- It can be argued retrospectively, however crassly, that the economic outlook for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) changed on January 16th, 2001, when several gunshots resonated from the inner offices of State House in Kinshasa.
ZACHARY WALES, UPI Correspondent
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Paul Kagame
WAP2003030421 - WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame meets with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House on March 4, 2003. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

Paul Kagame (born October 23, 1957) is the current President of the Republic of Rwanda. He rose to prominence as the leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), whose victory over the incumbent government in July 1994 effectively ended the Rwandan genocide. Under his leadership, Rwanda has been called Africa’s “biggest success story” and Kagame has become a public advocate of new models for foreign aid designed to help recipients become self-reliant.

However, involvement in the Congo Civil War and the recent and mysterious death of opposition deputy Andre Kagwa Rwisereka has seen doubts raised over his Government's policies and motives, particularly regarding political freedom. All major parties opposed to Kagame were disqualified from participation in the 2010 presidential elections, and Kagame subsequently won with 93% of the vote.

Kagame was born to a Tutsi family in Ruhango, Rwanda in October 1957 to Deogratius and Asteria Rutagambwa. In November 1959, an increasingly restive Hutu population sparked a revolt, eventually resulting in the overthrow of Mwami Kigeri V Ndahindurwa in 1961. During the 1959 revolt and its aftermath, more than 150,000 people were killed in the fighting, with the Tutsis suffering the greatest losses. Several thousand moved to neighbouring countries including Burundi and Uganda. In all, some 20,000 Tutsis were killed. In 1960 Kagame left with his family at the age of two and moved to Uganda with many other Tutsis. In 1962 they settled in the Gahunge refugee camp, Toro, where Kagame spent the rest of his childhood years. He attended Ntare Secondary School in Uganda. During this time Kagame was a "motivated student" and bore an early fascination with revolutionaries like Che Guevara.

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