Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga
|Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga|
|Prime Minister of Mali|
31 December 2017
|President||Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta|
|Preceded by||Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga|
|Foreign Minister of Mali|
5 April 2011 – 21 March 2012
|Preceded by||Moctar Ouane|
|Succeeded by||Sadio Lamine Sow|
|Born||8 June 1954
Gao, French Sudan
|Political party||Alliance for Solidarity in Mali|
Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga (French pronunciation: [sumelu bubɛj maiga]; ) is a Malian politician and the Prime Minister of Mali since 31 December 2017. The leader of the Alliance for Solidarity in Mali, he previously served in the government of Mali as Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Amadou Toumani Touré from 5 April 2011 until the March 2012 coup d’état. Later he was Minister of Defense from 2013 to 2014 and was Secretary-General of the Presidency from 2016 to 2017.
As First Vice-President of ADEMA-PASJ, Maïga opposed the party’s decision to support President Amadou Toumani Touré’s bid for re-election in the April 2007 presidential election, and he was consequently expelled from the party.
Along with several other ministers, he was arrested during the coup when rebel soldiers stormed the presidential palace on 22 March 2012. On 25 March, he began a hunger strike along with 13 other arrested officials to protest his detention.
After Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won the 2013 presidential election, Maïga was appointed to the government as Minister of Defense on 8 September 2013. He was replaced by Ba N’Dao following the army’s defeat at the hands of Tuareg rebels in Kidal in May 2014. Although some blamed him for the defeat, others believed he was being used as a scapegoat.
On 29 August 2016, he was appointed as Secretary-General of the Presidency with the rank of minister.
Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye MAIGA visited Dakar on April 30, 2018, where he was carrying a message from President Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA to his brother and friend, President Macky Sall.
The visit is part of the strengthening of relations of friendship, cooperation and good neighborliness between Mali and neighboring countries and friends. The diplomatic offensive of the Head of Government towards the neighboring countries has led since mid-January successively to Algiers, Rabat, Ouagadougou, Niamey and Abidjan.
The Dakar stage is in the same vein of consolidating cooperation and strengthening strong and trusting relations between Mali and Senegal. Upon his arrival in the country of the Terranga, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga was welcomed by his Senegalese counterpart, Mr. Mohamed Boun Abdallah Dionne. After his installation at the Radisson Blu Hotel, the Prime Minister went to the residence of President Macky SALL for a lunch followed by an interview he considered very positive with the Senegalese Head of State.
Soumeylou Boubèye MAIGA spoke to the host about the positive evolution of the security situation in Mali, particularly in the center of the country. The stabilization of the country is also making undeniable progress as a result of the government’s initiatives to accelerate the implementation of the peace and reconciliation agreement resulting from the Algiers process, in its defense and security, political and institutional aspects. In this regard, the Malian Head of Government thanked Senegal for its support and quality contribution in the framework of peacekeeping in Mali through MINUSMA.(The original post is in primature.gov.ml website)