Preliminary results show that Rwandan incumbent Paul Kagame is the runaway leader in the the country's national elections, with almost 93% of votes from 11 districts going his way. Results from 19 other districts are still coming in, and a final tally will be announced on August 19. Kagame won the 2003 election with 95% of the vote. The wiry Rwandan president is something of a poster child, having managed to maintain peace in a country that was torn apart by the 1994 genocides, and introducing policies that have seen the country's economy grow by more than 8% from 1999 till 2008. Lately, he's come under criticism for repressing press freedom and political opponents. Read more: Reuters, Businessweek
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