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Marie-Chantal Rwakazina elected mayor of Rwanda’s capital Kigali

Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali has elected Marie-Chantal Rwakazina as the new mayor, replacing Pascal Nyamurinda, who resigned last month.

The 45 year old economist was elected by the council of the city of Kigali with 146 votes against 32 votes in favour of her challenger.

Article 160 of Rwanda’s elections law stipulates that the electoral college of the executive committee of the City of Kigali comprises members of the Council of Kigali City; council members of the districts that make up the City of Kigali; and members of the bureau from all sectors of the city.

Who is Marie-Chantal Rwakazina?

Rwakazina represents the Nduba sector of the city. She worked with the Rwanda Association of Local Government (RALGA) between 2008 and 2013.

Rwakazina is the second woman to hold the position within this particular term, following the resignation of Nyamurinda who in turn replaced Monique Mukaruliza, who had been appointed High Commissioner to Zambia last year.

Rwakazina is a development expert who has been working with the United Nations Development Programme, where she was coordinator of UN support programmes in the country. She also lectured economics at the University of Rwanda.

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