Democracy in Rwanda

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

6 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Not Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

3.19 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

=133

Polity IV 2016

Score:

-3

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Closed Anocracy

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2017
Next Presidential Election 2024
Presidential Term Limits Two, seven-year terms

(currently under review)

System of Appointment to Legislature Lower Chamber: 53 elected through proportional representation

24 women elected through provincial councils

2 appointed by National Youth Council

1 appointed by Federation of the Associated of the Disabled

Upper Chamber: 12 indirectly elected by provincial and sectoral councils

8 appointed by president to represent historically marginalised

4 appointed by Forum of Political Formations

2 elected by university staff

 

Last Legislative Election

2013

Next Legislative Election

2018

Number of Seats in Legislature Lower Chamber: 80

Upper Chamber: 26

Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: reserved seats

Results

Last presidential election (2017)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Candidate 98.79
Paul Kagame 0.73
Philippe Mpayimana 0.48

 

Last legislative election (2013)      
Party   Votes (%) Seats
 

 

 

 

 

Rwandan Patriotic

Front coalition

Rwandan Patriotic Front  

 

 

 

 

 

 

76.22

37
Centrist Democratic Party 1
Ideal Democratic Party 1
Party for Progress and Concord 1
Rwandan Socialist Party 1
Social Democratic Party 13.03 7
Liberal Party 9.29 5
Social Party Imberakuri 0
Independents 0
Patriotic Front 1
Citizen Rally 1
Union of Democratic Forces 1
Independents 8

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