Rwanda frees jailed opposition leader

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Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire was unexpectedly freed from jail on Saturday after President Paul Kagame granted pardon to her alongside two thousand other prisoners.

Ms Ingabire said the early release and the recent election of opposition members to Parliament were signs that Rwanda’s political space was opening up.

President Kagame approved a presidential order of mercy during a Cabinet meeting on Friday that set free 2,140 prisoners including popular musician Kizito Mihigo.

“I thank the President who gave me this liberation. I would like to ask him, if it is possible, to release other political prisoners who are here,” Ms Ingabire said as she left Mageragere Prison in Kigali.

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