Rwandan president sacks prime minster

President of Rwanda - Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda – Paul Kagame

KIGALI (AA) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday dismissed Prime Minister Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi without giving any reasons for the move.

A presidential statement said Habumuremyi, who was appointed in October of 2011, would be replaced by Anastase Murekez, the public service minister in the dismissed premier’s cabinet.

Responding to his dismissal, Habumuremyi, speaking via Twitter, expressed his “sincere gratitude” to Kagame for his “trust” when he appointed him as prime minister.

Yet he, too, provided no reason for Kagame’s decision to sack him.

According to the Rwandan constitution, the entire cabinet must resign following the prime minister’s dismissal.

Murekez is now expected to draw up a new cabinet to be submitted to the president for approval.


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