The office of the President on Wednesday announced that President Paul Kagame had named Edouard Ngirente as the new Prime Minister, replacing Anastase Murekezi who has led the government since July 2014. He was sworn in in Parliament in the afternoon.
Later in the day the newly appointed PM announced the cabinet.
Ngirente, who has a a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, has previously held various positions at the ministry of finance. He later worked at the World Bank in Washington, where he was senior advisor at the time of his nomination as Prime Minister.
Speaking at the swearing-in of the new Premier, President Kagame thanked him for accepting to serve the country as Prime Minister.
“Our way of working is about working together and complementing each other. I trust in his ability, will and determination to serve and achieve what Rwandans expect of him,” he said.
Kagame also commended the outgoing government headed by Anastase Murekezi for their contribution in moving the country forward.
“Our government is about being inclusive. Our aim is to ensure that every Rwandan feels represented by their government,” the President said.
In the evening, Ngirente announced the new cabinet members, who are appointed by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister.
The line-up is as follows:
Prime Minister: Edouard Ngirente (@EdNgirente)
Ministers of State:
Cabinet is completed by the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi, and the CEO of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, Francis Gatare.
Outgoing Premier Anastase Murekezi was appointed as the Chief Ombudsman.