Accessibility links

Breaking News

Maiga Returns to Mali PM Post

FILE: Mali's Prime Minister Choguel Maiga addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City. Taken September 25, 2021

Choguel Maiga will resume his role as Mali's transitional prime minister on Monday after more than three months of medical leave, according to a decree read on state television on Sunday.

Choguel Maiga was temporarily replaced by Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, government spokesman and minister of territorial administration.

Maiga was ordered by his doctor to rest in August after months of intense exertion

Paris-based Jeune Afrique magazine reported at the time that Maiga had suffered a stroke, citing sources close to him. But an adviser to Maiga, reached by Reuters, denied this..

The PM has been one of the government's most outspoken voices in repeated public rows with West African neighbors and international allies who criticised its military cooperation with Russian mercenaries and repeated election delays.

Mali is governed by a military junta that came to power in an August 2020 coup and has promised to organize elections in 2024.