The decision to support President Kagame’s candidacy was reached after he confirmed his intention to participate in the upcoming presidential polls scheduled for the following year.
PDI expressed its gratitude to Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, for accepting the call of Rwandans to continue their nation’s journey of rebuilding and to strengthen the gains in its development.
In a statement, PDI said, "After learning that President Kagame has agreed to run as a candidate in the 2024 elections, the party extends its heartfelt appreciation for his dedication to upholding Rwandans’ unity, safeguarding national sovereignty, and fostering the country’s development through consensual and inclusive democracy."
The statement adds that the party’s endorsement of President Kagame aligns with a resolution made by its high council in Nyandungu, Kigali City, during preparations for the presidential elections in 2003. The resolution stated PDI’s commitment to support President Kagame whenever he is a candidate, ensuring the continuation of his leadership in the best interests of the nation.
It is noteworthy that PDI played a pivotal role in advocating for a constitutional amendment in 2015 to revise the article that previously restricted the head of state from seeking re-election.
President Kagame, who assumed office in 2000 and was first elected in 2003, is currently in his third term, set to conclude in 2024. The elections are scheduled for August of the same year.
In June of this year, the Parliament passed a constitutional amendment allowing Rwanda to conduct both presidential and parliamentary elections concurrently.
This harmonized approach is estimated to yield substantial cost savings, with the National Electoral Commission estimating up to Rwf 6 billion in savings.