Rwanda: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 5th March 2010.

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Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on issues covered by point B.10 of the renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Government of Rwanda, with particular reference to the registration of opposition parties in advance of presidential elections in August 2010.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Minister of State, Department for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The UK Government are closely monitoring the progress made on the registration of political parties in Rwanda. Ten political parties are currently registered and a further two parties are attempting to register. The Department for International Development (DFID) is aware that some parties are reporting registration difficulties and we are pressing the Government of Rwanda to ensure that full political rights, within the framework of Rwandan law, are upheld.

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