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Rwanda election: Kagame supporters celebrate landslide win

Preliminary results show that President Paul Kagame won Monday's Rwanda election with more then 90 percent of the vote, but critics charge that opposition contenders were unfairly prevented from running.

Police stand guard at Amahoro stadium in Kigali, Rwanda as supporters of Rwandan president Paul Kagame shows their support for the ruling RPF party, early Tuesday, during a victory celebration held at the stadium in Kigali before the official results were announced.

Joseph Muihia/AP

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It took until almost 4 a.m. Tuesday for the National Electoral Commission to release the first batch of preliminary results for the Rwanda election. But everyone already knew what the result would be a long time ago.

With one-third of Rwanda’s districts counted after polls closed at 3 p.m. Monday, incumbent President Paul Kagame has 92.9 percent of the vote. His nearest contender had 4.9 percent.

Full preliminary tallies aren't expected until tomorrow, but that didn't stop Kagame supporters from celebrating the victory last night.

Tens of thousands packed into Kigali’s main soccer stadium and danced ecstatically to his campaigns pop-song anthem, “Tora Kagame,” which means “Vote Kagame” in the local language, Kinyarwanda. When Kagame arrived after midnight – waving his baseball cap and dancing robotically – the crowd surged forward, cheering their candidate like he had already won.

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