Soumaïla Cissé

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Soumaïla Cissé (born December 20, 1949[1]) is a Malian politician who served in the government of Mali as Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2000. He thrice stood unsuccessfully as a presidential candidate, in 2002, 2013 and 2018; on both occasions he was defeated in a second round of voting. Since 2014 he has been President of the Union for the Republic and Democracy, a political party.

Soumaïla Cissé
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Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
24 November 2013
President of the UEMOA Commission
In office
January 2004 – August 2011
Minister of Equipment, Territorial Planning, Environment and Urbanism
In office
Minister of Finance and Trade
Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic
Personal details
Born (1949-12-20) 20 December 1949 (age 70)
Timbuktu, Mali
Political partyUnion for the Republic and Democracy
Spouse(s)Astan Traore
ResidenceBadalabougou, Bamako, Mali
Alma materÉcole polytechnique universitaire de Montpellier Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar
AwardsCommander of the National Order of Benin

Officer of the Merit of the National Order of the Lion (Senegal)

Commander of the National Order of Mali Medal of recognition of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mali

Life and careerEdit

Born in Timbuctu,[1] Soumaïla Cissé studied at l'Institut des Sciences de l'Ingénieur de Montpellier in France to become a software engineer. He worked in several large French companies (IBM-France, le Groupe Pechiney, le Groupe Thomson and the aerospace company Air Inter) before returning to Mali in 1984 to work at the Compagnie malienne pour le développement des textiles (CMDT).

Following the creation of the Alliance for Democracy in Mali (Alliance pour la démocratie au Mali - Parti africain pour la solidarité et la justice, ADEMA-PASJ) and the 1992 election of ADEMA candidate Alpha Oumar Konaré as President, Cissé became the Secretary-General of the Presidency. In 1993, he was named Minister of Finances, then in 2000, Minister of Equipment, Management of Territory, Environment, and Urban Planning in the government of Mandé Sidibé.

Cissé was elected as the Third Vice-President of ADEMA-PASJ at the party's first extraordinary congress, held between November 25 and November 28, 2000.[2][3] In January 2002, he resigned from the government to devote himself to preparation for the 2002 presidential election, and ADEMA-PASJ selected him as its candidate to succeed Alpha Oumar Konaré. Cissé took second place in the first round of the election with 21.31% of the vote,[4] but he lost to Amadou Toumani Touré in the second round, taking 35.65% of the vote.

Considering himself overthrown by a faction of ADEMA-PASJ, Cissé left the party with a group of loyalists to found the Union for the Republic and Democracy (Union pour la république et la démocratie, URD) in June 2003. He subsequently served as President of the Commission of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA).

At the URD's Third Ordinary Congress in November 2014, Soumaïla Cissé succeeded Younoussi Touré as President of the URD.[5]


On March 26, 2020, while in campaign trip in Timbuktu region Cissé have been taken hostage by an unknown jihadists group. Few days after his kidnapping Soumaïla Cissé was elected as Member of Malian Assembly. The government confirmed that there were no news about his whereabouts.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Présidentielles: 24 sur la ligne de départ"[permanent dead link], L'Essor, April 8, 2002 (in French).
  2. ^ "L'agenda du premier quinquennat 1992–1997"[permanent dead link], L'Essor, June 6, 2002 (in French).
  3. ^ "Comité exécutif 2000–2003; La liste du comité exécutif issu du premier congrès extraordinaire", ADEMA-PASJ website (in French).
  4. ^ "1er tour de l'élection présidentielle au Mali : Verdict de la Cour Constitutionnelle"[permanent dead link], L'Essor, May 9, 2002 (in French).
  5. ^ "Soumaïla Cissé prend les rênes de l'URD" Archived 2017-04-06 at the Wayback Machine, Mali 24, 25 November 2014 (in French).
  6. ^ "Mali opposition leader goes missing with 11 others: party". Reuters. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  • This article is based on a translation of the corresponding article from the French Wikipedia, retrieved on June 27, 2005.