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Yearbook 2008

Rwanda. Already in 2006, Rwanda had broken diplomatic relations with France. This after a French judge accused the circle of President Paul Kagame for lying behind the 1994 assassination of the then president who triggered the massacre of 800,000 Tutsis. In 2008, the situation deteriorated another step when President Kabuye's President of the Protocol was arrested in Germany and extradited to France, while a French court halted extradition to Rwanda by the Genocide regime's intelligence chief. According to Countryaah reports, a Rwandan commission that has been working since 2006, in a report, accused 33 French former senior political and military leaders of assisting in the genocide, including then-President François Mitterrand and then-Prime Minister Édouard Balladur.

2008 Rwanda

The fact that Rwanda abandoned French as a language of instruction in the country's schools and replaced it with English was another mark against the government in Paris.

In December, the UN-backed war crimes tribunal ICTR in Arusha in Tanzania sentenced Théoneste Bagosora to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Bagosora, who was chief of staff at the Ministry of Defense in 1994, has been regarded as one of the brains behind the 800,000 Tutsi genocide. He is probably the most centrally located Hutu extremist sentenced by ICTR.

After a UN investigation accused Rwanda of meddling in the conflict in Congo (Kinshasa), Sweden withdrew its budget support of SEK 80 million to Rwanda.

Parliamentary elections were held in September. The dominant party, the former Tutsiger guerrilla FPR (Front Patriotic Rwanda), and its allies won big in the absence of opposition. Most noteworthy was that Rwanda became the first female domination country in parliament.

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