Over the past decade, Rwanda has been hailed as one of the economic stars of Africa. According to official government statistics, between 2005 to 2016 Rwandan GDP per capita grew at an annual rate of 5.2%. Across Africa, only Ethiopia grew faster. This impressive growth has been used as a justification for the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of president Paul Kagame. Kagame, who has led Rwanda since 1994, was recently re-elected for a third term as president, with more than 98% of the vote.