Rwanda: Opposition Figure Victoire Ingabire Barred from Presidential Candidacy by Court Decision

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Victoire Ingabire

In a ruling on Wednesday, a Rwandan court rejected the request to restore the civil rights of Victoire Ingabire, a prominent opposition figure to President Paul Kagame. This decision effectively prevents her from running in the presidential election scheduled for July 15th.

The 55-year-old opposition leader, who is unable to appeal this decision for two years, was stripped of her rights following her conviction in 2013 to 15 years in prison for “conspiracy against the authorities through terrorism and war” and “minimization of the 1994 genocide,” which resulted in 800,000 deaths between April and July 1994, predominantly among the Tutsi minority.

Soukaina Sghir

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