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Rwanda: Politics and Government

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Rwandan Government freedom of political expression for members of the Green Party and other political groups in that country. (323499)

Our High Commission in Kigali remains in regular contact with the full spectrum of political opinion in Rwanda, meeting regularly with political parties from both Government and Opposition, including the Green Party. We have discussed the registration of new political parties and issues surrounding political space with the relevant Ministers in the Rwandan Government, and at ministerial level between Baroness Kinnock and Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. We also continue to engage with the Rwandan National Election Commission over the practicalities of the forthcoming August 2010 presidential elections.