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Rwandan president: 93% of vote was not enough.



kagame.jpgNEW YORK — Rwanda's President Paul Kagame bristled Tuesday at suggestions that democracy is not flourishing in his country, and said that the 93 percent of the vote he won last year was not enough.

Kagame said Rwanda enjoys a multi-party political system and that he supports "a right that allows anybody, everybody to express themselves."

He said the will of the people was expressed during last year's presidential election. "So, 93 percent — I wonder why it wasn't higher than that," Kagame told the Council on Foreign Relations, a prominent New York-based think tank.

When a senior Human Rights Watch director in the audience challenged Kagame, the president said he did not want to hear "lectures."

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