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.
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.