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Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga (French pronunciation: ​[sumelu bubɛj maiga]; born 8 June 1954)[1][2] 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[3] 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.

Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga
Prime Minister of Mali
Assumed office
31 December 2017
PresidentIbrahim Boubacar Keïta
Preceded byAbdoulaye Idrissa Maïga
Foreign Minister of Mali
In office
5 April 2011 – 21 March 2012
Preceded byMoctar Ouane
Succeeded bySadio Lamine Sow
Personal details
Born (1954-06-08) 8 June 1954 (age 64)
Gao, French Sudan
(now Mali)
Political partyAlliance for Solidarity in Mali

Political careerEdit

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.[4]

Along with several other ministers, he was arrested during the coup when rebel soldiers stormed the presidential palace on 22 March 2012.[5] On 25 March, he began a hunger strike along with 13 other arrested officials to protest his detention.[6]

After Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won the 2013 presidential election, Maïga was appointed to the government as Minister of Defense on 8 September 2013.[7] 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.[8]

On 29 August 2016, he was appointed as Secretary-General of the Presidency with the rank of minister.[9]


  1. ^ "Mali : l'ex-ministre de la Défense Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga nommé Premier ministre". 30 December 2017.
  2. ^èye-maïga-nommé-premier-ministre-du-mali-/1019139
  3. ^ Adam Thiam (2012-04-18). "Mali : Boubèye Maïga, les raisons d'un retour". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  4. ^ "Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga exclu de l’ADEMA", Panapress, 26 February 2007 (in French).
  5. ^ "Mali president 'safe' after fleeing from overnight rebel coup". Al Arabiya. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  6. ^ Associated Press (25 March 2012). "Mali officials stage hunger strike to protest coup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Gouvernement malien : Boubèye Maïga à la Défense, création d'un ministère chargé du Nord", Agence France-Presse, 8 September 2013 (in French).
  8. ^ "Ripples from Kidal", Africa Confidential, volume 55, number 12, 13 June 2014.
  9. ^ Sinaly M. Daou, "Mali : Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga nommé Secrétaire General de la Présidence avec rang de ministre : L’ancien Directeur de la DGSE revient avec force", L'Observatoire, 3 September 2016 (in French).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga
Prime Minister of Mali