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

In a decision that came as a surprise to the nation, the president replaced long-serving Defence Minister James Kabarebe with an army general Albert Murasira.

Richard Sezibera, a former secretary general of the East African Community regional bloc, became foreign minister, replacing Louise Mushikiwabo, who was named the 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.