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Rwandan President Names New Foreign, Defense Ministers

FILE - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is pictured at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Sept. 21, 2017.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame appointed new ministers of defense and foreign affairs in a cabinet reshuffle announced late Thursday.

Albert Murasira, an army general, replaced long-serving James Kabarebe as defense 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 Organization of La Francophonie last week.

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

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