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Millions Vote on New Constitution

May 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Millions of Rwandans turned out to vote on a new constitution intended to usher in a stable, democratic society nearly a decade after genocide devastated the nation.

Nearly 4 million people -- more than 95% of those eligible -- registered, officials said.

The draft constitution is intended to limit the power of any single political party, thus preventing leaders from manipulating differences between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority. But critics argue that the charter would consolidate the ruling party's hold on power.

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