A crushing victory for the man labeled Rwanda's forever president. Paul Kagame claiming a third term in office, extending his 17 years in power. Election officials say it was virtually a no contest, Kagame sweeping the ballot with an astonishing 98% of votes. If anything this election has long been touted as a mere formality for the incumbent.
His leadership viewed by many as the success story that shook off Rwanda's brutal past, 800,000 people killed in ethnic bloodshed two decades ago before then rebel Kagame brought stability. Rwanda is now also one of the fastest moving economies in Africa. But critics accuse Kagame of abusing civil liberties and the media, and of brutally suppressing opponents.
Frank Habineza, leader of the only registered opposition party, described the election as a good step forward for democracy. But with barely 1% of the vote going his way, it's clear a nation bearing so many horrible scars feel safer with the status quo.