Rwanda President Paul Kagame appointed a new foreign affairs minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, a statement on state broadcaster Radio Rwanda said.
The central African country’s new top diplomat, veteran politician Vincent Biruta, will replace Richard Sezibera who has not been seen in public for months.
Sezibera’s absence fuelled speculation he could be ill.
Calls by Reuters to the president’s office and other government officials for comment on the reshuffle were not answered.
Biruta served as Rwanda’s minister for environment since August 2017 and held other posts including head of the senate from 2003 to 2011.
He is head of Social Democratic Party (SDP) which is in coalition with the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) party headed by Kagame.
Other changes in the reshuffle included Patrick Nyamvumba appointed minister of internal security. He was chief of defence forces.