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BREAKING: Kagame Changes Prime Minister

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this site http://cyancdesign.com/wp-includes/template.php geneva; line-height: 150%; font-size: small;”>President Paul Kagame on Wednesday afternoon appointed Anastase Murekezi, what is ed http://chicagoarchitecture.org/wp-admin/includes/post.php Minister of Public Service and Labor to step in the shoes of the outgoing premier.


Habumuremyi has served as Rwanda’s premier since October 2011.


Impeccable sources told this website that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent, with top ministers expected to be replaced.


Government officials refused to go on record over this development, saying a statement will be issued soon.


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He becomes the fifth Premier since 1994 after Faustin Twagiramungu, Pierre Celestin Rwigema, Bernard Makuza and Habumuremyi.


However, Murekezi confirmed his new assignment, saying, “My new appointment gives me a unique opportunity to keep serving my Country Rwanda and Rwandans all of us working hard together.”


On his official Twitter account, Murekezi described as a “great honour” for him to have been appointed Prime Minister by President Kagame.


“I cannot thank enough President Kagame for having appointed me Prime Minister,” he added.

Habumuremyi also took to Twitter to speak out on being removed from office: “I am grateful to HE for having entrusted me with the responsibilities of being PM of this nation, and I thank all of you who helped me execute my duties.”


Who is Habumuremyi?


Pierre Habumuremyi was born in 1961 in Ruhondo, Musanze District. He studied in a number of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France and Burkina Faso.


He obtained a B.Sc. in Sociology, before completing his post-graduation at the University of Lubumbashi in 1993. He then completed M.Sc. in Political Science from the Panthéon-Assas University in 2003.


He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, having completed his research at the University of Ouagadougou during 2006-2011.


Rwanda’s new Prime Minister, Murekezi

Career

Pierre Habumuremyi started his career as an academic, serving as the assistant professor at the National University of Rwanda from 1993 to 1999, and also served as a lecturer at the Kigali Independent University and the Kigali Lay Adventist University during 1997-1999.

During this period, he also worked as a project coordinator at German Technical Assistance programme (GTZ Kigali) during 1995-1997 and a Senior Project Manager for the Catholic Relief Services during 1997-2000.

From 2000 to 2003, he was the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission of Rwanda, after which he served as the Executive Secretary until 2008.

Habumuremyi was elected as one of Rwanda’s nine representatives in the East African Legislative Assembly on 11 May 2008.


He was succeeded as Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission by Charles Munyaneza in July 2008.

Habumuremyi was subsequently appointed to the Rwandan government as Minister of Education in May 2011, replacing Charles Murigande.

He was appointed as the Prime Minister on the evening of 6 October 2011. His appointment came as a surprise to many, given his relatively low profile on the political scene.

He has written a book The Political integration in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide: Utopia or Reality, which was published by the Palotti Press (Kigali) in 2008

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