This is the third presidential term for Paul Kagame, who won the presidential election in Rwanda by a landslide. Kagame, 59, has been in power for the last 17 years. Friday's election took place after a constitutional amendment lifted the maximum of two terms in office as chairman. In theory, at this point, Kagame could stay in power until 2034. According to Kalisa Mbanda, Chairman of the Rwanda National Election Commission, Kagame claimed 99% of votes, whilst turnout was almost 90% of the population of 12 million. Kagame literally fought off two rivals, independent and former journalist Habineza, led by the Democratic Green Party, and Philippe Mpayimana, who lived in exile from 1994 until early 2017. Habineza had recently stated how the Rwandan authorities had "begun to understand how much the opposition could play a role in managing the country." "We are still treated as if we were enemies," said Habineza. "But so far nobody in our party has been killed, imprisoned or harassed, and this means at least some progress." The electoral committee had excluded another opponent, Diane Rwigara. After confirming his re-election, Kagame confirmed that his main objective in the next parliment will be to support economic growth. Child mortality and poverty rates in the country have rapidly dropped over the last few decades, whilst literacy rates and other indicators of development have increased. New roads have been built and an ambitious investment program launched.