Rwanda ruling party announces support for death penalty abolition Joe Shaulis at 2:43 PM ET
[JURIST] The ruling party of Rwanda [JURIST news archive] announced Friday that it had directed its lawmakers to support a forthcoming bill to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Leaders of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) [Wikipedia backgrounder] voted to take the action last weekend at a meeting chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile], a spokesman said. The RPF, which has ruled Rwanda since 1994, holds 80 percent of the seats in parliament. A bill on abolishing capital punishment is expected to be presented in parliament [JURIST report] in December.
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