Rwanda's ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi), on Sunday elected its first woman vice-chairperson as President Paul Kagame retained the chairmanship position.
Consolee Uwimana was elected by 1,945 votes - about 93% of the votes cast.
Observers say promoting her is the party's way of giving more power to women and keeping the ethnicity quota balanced in its top leadership.
Ms Uwimana is a veteran banker and businesswoman who served as a senator until 2019.
Rwanda's next general elections is scheduled for 2024.
President Kagame has been president of the East African nation since 2000. A controversial referendum in 2015 removed a two-term constitutional limit for presidents.
On Sunday, Mr Kagame got 99.8% of the total votes to retain leadership of the ruling party.
Rwanda has one of the world’s highest proportions of women in parliament and government
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