Traoré was born in Bamako. During the rule of Moussa Traoré, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic; subsequently he was head of the cabinet of Amadou Toumani Touré during Touré's transitional military rule from 1991 to 1992.
Traoré was Touré's campaign director during the 2002 presidential election, and after Touré's victory, he appointed Traoré as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Malians Living Abroad in the government named on June 14, 2002. Traoré served as Foreign Minister until he was replaced by Moctar Ouane in 2004.
- "Lassana Traoré"[permanent dead link], L'Essor, June 18, 2002 (in French).
- "Le nouveau gouvernement du Mali formé le 14 juin 2002" Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, Afrique Express, number 251, June 18, 2002 (in French).
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