Rwanda’s Kagame reshuffles cabinet, appoints new ministers of defence and foreign affairs

President Paul Kagame also named new ministers for local government, trade and industry and more.

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KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame appointed new ministers of defence and foreign affairs in a cabinet reshuffle announced late on Thursday.

Albert Murasira, an army general, replaced long-serving James Kabarebe as defence minister, the president’s office said, without giving a reason for the decision.

Richard Sezibera, a former secretary general of the East African Community regional bloc, became foreign minister, replacing Louise Mushikiwabo, who was named head of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) last week.

The president also named new ministers for local government, trade and industry, ICT and innovation, gender and family promotion, and sports and culture, as well as a new police chief and an external security head.

Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Editing by Andrew Heavens