The head of the junta in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, came to power by force in August 2020.
The head of the junta in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, on Sunday appointed another colonel, Minister Abdoulaye Maïga, interim prime minister to replace the civilian Choguel Kokalla Maïga, hospitalized a few days ago.
Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, has been appointed to take over from Mr. Choguel Kokalla Maiga, Prime Minister, Head of Government, according to a decree read on television. x27;State.
In addition to the important portfolio of Decentralization, Abdoulaye Maïga, in his forties, was also the spokesperson for the government.
Little known before his appointment to this post at the end of 2021, he has regularly made in this capacity over the past few months, wearing his trellis, some of the most striking government announcements and the most abrupt statements against France on national television. . He had thus demanded at the end of July from President Emmanuel Macron that he definitively leave his neocolonial, paternalistic and condescending posture.
Colonel Maïga is said to have not been part of the circle of officers who took power by force with Colonel Goïta in August 2020.
But he is considered close to the strong Malian man and has become the voice of the policy of rupture with France and its allies after a second putsch which, in May 2021, ousted the civilian president and prime minister. .
Colonel Goïta was then invested as transitional president.
With the appointment of Colonel Maïga as head of government, the two heads of the executive are, at least temporarily, soldiers, while the colonels had resigned themselves under international pressure after the 2020 putsch to entrust the two positions to civilians, while retaining the upper hand in decision-making.
Choguel Kokalla Maïga, a veteran of Malian politics, had been chosen to be the leader of the government after the second putsch in May 2021.
He was hospitalized eight days ago after a heart attack, according to a hospital official.
His services were then content to indicate that after 14 months of tireless work [he had] been put on forced rest by his doctor. They announced his return to work the following week.
But no further official news of him has been given since then.
He has been criticized for several months by many political leaders who are calling for his resignation and by many of his former allies in the June 5 Movement, of which he is one of the founders and which played a leading role in the protest that preceded the takeover by the military in 2020.