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It’s official: President Paul Kagame has appointed Dr. Edouard Ngirente as the new prime minister. He was a senior advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank.

Rwanda’s new Prime Minister @Engirente holds a PhD in Econometric and Master's in Statistics

— Edwin Musoni (@EdwinMusoni) August 30, 2017

Dr Ngirente, forty-four years old, is a little-known technocrat who holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. Prior to working at the World Bank, he worked for Rwanda’s ministry of finance and economic planning, first as Director-General of Planning, then as Senior Economic Advisor.

According to The New Times, he also holds two postgraduate degrees: one in Financial Risk Management from Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis of Brussels and another in Agriculture Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain. Before that, he studied at the University of Rwanda, where he joined the faculty after graduation.

Dr Ngirente Edouard,PhD (Econometry)was Born in Coko Sector Gakenke District @RwandaNorth Studied in Rwahi, GSSalle Byumba,UNR then UCLouvin

— Gatabazi JMV (MP) (@gatjmv) August 30, 2017

The new prime minister is married to Mrs. Constante Gaju Twagirayezu, with whom he has two daughters. He took oath on Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours after his appointment was made public, to become Rwanda’s sixth premier since 1994.

In a series of tweets, Ugandan journalist Alan Kasujja describes meeting Dr. Ngirente:

.. we agree to keep in touch and subsequently speak on the phone.. and exchange emails. Focused. Sharp. And keen on Africa's progress.

— Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) August 31, 2017

Yesterday.. I learn that President Kagame has picked the gentleman I met.. Edouard Ngirente to be the next Prime Minister of Rwanda.

— Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) August 31, 2017

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