President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is accusing diplomats of meddling in the country’s internal affairs.
Kagame, who is seeking another term in August elections, said on Rwanda Television Tuesday that it’s “unacceptable” for Western diplomats to summon presidential candidates.
According to a list approved by the electoral commission, Kagame is up against Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda. Three others still await approval.
One of the aspirants, Diane Rwigara, on Tuesday met the head of the European Union delegation, Michael Ryan, who in a Twitter post asked electoral officials to clarify Rwigara’s situation.
Kagame said that “diplomatic missions should not replace the electoral commission.”
Kagame, who has been Rwanda’s de facto leader or president since the end of the 1994 genocide, is widely expected to win comfortably.