Mali appoints spokesman Abdoulaye Maiga as interim PM

Abdoulaye Maiga

Abdoulaye Maiga

Mali has appointed Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, the government spokesman and minister of territorial administration as its interim prime minister.

He will to act in place of Choguel Maiga, who is resting amid media reports he had been hospitalised.

Earlier this month, Paris-based Jeune Afrique magazine reported that Choguel Maiga had suffered a stroke, citing sources close to him.

One of Choguel Maiga’s advisers denied this, and his office said he would resume his duties by the following week. He did not.

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Mali is governed by a military junta that came to power in a 2020 coup and has promised to organise democratic elections in 2024.

Choguel Maiga had been one of the government’s most outspoken voices in repeated public rows with West African neighbours and international allies who criticised its military cooperation with Russian mercenaries and repeated election delays.

Abdoulaye Maiga has also made strong public statements as government spokesman against former colonial ruler France, including telling French President Emmanuel Macron in July to abandon his “neocolonial” and “condescending” attitude.

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