NAIROBI, Kenya (NEWSnet/AP) — Kenya President William Ruto on Thursday dismissed almost all of his Cabinet ministers and promised to form a new government.

In a televised address, Ruto also dismissed the attorney general and said ministries will be run by their permanent secretaries.

He said the prime Cabinet secretary, Musalia Mudavadi will remain in office.

Ruto said the dismissals followed “a holistic appraisal of the performance” of the Cabinet and the new government will help him “in accelerating and expediting the necessary, urgent and irreversible implementation of radical programs to deal with the burden of debt, raising domestic resources, expanding job opportunities, eliminating wastage and unnecessary duplication of a multiplicity of government agencies and slay the dragon of corruption.”

Kenya has had three weeks of unrest, in which protesters stormed into parliament on June 25 after a finance bill was passed that proposed tax increases. More than 30 people died during the protests, which brought requests for the president to resign.

Protesters accused the Cabinet of incompetence, arrogance and displays of opulence as Kenyans battle high taxes and a cost of living crisis.

Demonstrators called for Ruto's resignation, even after he said he will not sign a finance bill that proposed higher taxes.

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