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Prime Minister of Rwanda

Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda
Édouard Ngirente
since 30 August 2017
StyleMr. Prime Minister
His Excellency
The Right Honourable (honorific prefix)
TypeHead of government
AppointerPresident of Rwanda
Formation28 January 1961; 63 years ago (1961-01-28)
First holderGrégoire Kayibanda

The Prime Minister of Rwanda is the head of government of the Republic of Rwanda. The prime minister is appointed by the president, along with other ministers in the Cabinet. A total of 11 people have served in the office. The incumbent prime minister is Édouard Ngirente, who took office on 30 August 2017.[1]

Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister’s Office is entrusted with assisting the Prime Minister in the implementation of national policies.

List of officeholders

This lists the prime ministers of Rwanda since the formation of the post in 1961 (during the Rwandan Revolution), to the present day.

Political parties
Other factions
No. Portrait Name
Term of office Ethnic group Political party President(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of Rwanda (part of Ruanda-Urundi)
1 Grégoire Kayibanda
28 January 1961 1 July 1962 1 year, 154 days Hutu Parmehutu Dominique Mbonyumutwa
Republic of Rwanda (independent country)
Post abolished (1 July 1962 – 12 October 1991)
2 Sylvestre Nsanzimana
12 October 1991 2 April 1992 173 days Hutu MRND Juvénal Habyarimana

3 Dismas Nsengiyaremye
(born 1945)
2 April 1992 18 July 1993 1 year, 107 days Hutu MDR
4 Agathe Uwilingiyimana
18 July 1993 7 April 1994
263 days Hutu MDR
5 Jean Kambanda
(born 1955)
9 April 1994 19 July 1994
101 days Hutu MDR Théodore Sindikubwabo
6 Faustin Twagiramungu
19 July 1994 31 August 1995 1 year, 43 days Hutu MDR Pasteur Bizimungu

7 Pierre-Célestin Rwigema
(born 1953)
31 August 1995 8 March 2000 4 years, 190 days Hutu MDR
8 Bernard Makuza
(born 1961)
8 March 2000 7 October 2011 11 years, 213 days Hutu MDR /
Paul Kagame

9 Pierre Habumuremyi
(born 1961)
7 October 2011 24 July 2014 2 years, 290 days Hutu RPF
10 Anastase Murekezi
(born 1952)
24 July 2014 30 August 2017 3 years, 37 days Hutu PSD
11 Édouard Ngirente
(born 1973)
30 August 2017 Incumbent 6 years, 177 days PSD


Édouard NgirenteAnastase MurekeziPierre HabumuremyiBernard MakuzaPierre-Célestin RwigemaFaustin TwagiramunguJean KambandaAgathe UwilingiyimanaDismas NsengiyaremyeSylvestre NsanzimanaGrégoire Kayibanda

See also


  1. ^ Assassinated during initial events of the Rwandan genocide.
  2. ^ Fled to Zaire at the end of the Rwandan Civil War and the Rwandan genocide.


  1. ^ Rwanda, Government of (30 August 2017). "In reference to the Rwandan Constitution as amended to date, President #Kagame has appointed Edouard Ngirente as the new Prime". @RwandaGov. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
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