Mountaga Tall

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Mountaga Tall (born December 10, 1956) is a Malian politician. He is the President of the National Congress for Democratic Initiative (CNID)[1] and a Deputy in the National Assembly of Mali;[2] he has also served as a member of the Pan-African Parliament.[3]

Political career[edit]

Tall was born in Ségou. A lawyer by profession,[1] he founded CNID and ran as the party's candidate in the 1992 presidential election, when he placed third with 11.41% of the votes, after Alpha Oumar Konaré (ADEMA-PASJ) and Tiéoulé Konaté (US-RDA).[4] He served as a deputy in the National Assembly from 1992 to 1997.[1]

The CNID, along with other opposition parties, boycotted the presidential election held on May 11, 1997. On May 12, Tall said that Konaré, who had been re-elected, was not legitimately President; Tall's office was attacked with molotov cocktails and badly damaged on the same day.[5] Tall and CNID participated in a boycott of the July 1997 parliamentary election.[6] He was one of many opposition leaders who were arrested on August 9, 1997, in connection with the killing of a police officer at a rally on August 8; they were charged on August 14.[7]

At a CNID party congress held in Bamako in early March 2002, Tall was nominated without opposition as the party's candidate for the April 2002 presidential election.[8] He won 3.86% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election and took fifth place.[4] In the July 2002 parliamentary election, Tall was part of a candidate list of the Espoir 2002 coalition, which included CNID, in Ségou constituency,[9] and he was elected.[10][11] Following this election, he became the First Vice-President of the National Assembly,[12] remaining in that post through the five-year parliamentary term (2002–2007).[13]

When the Pan-African Parliament began meeting in March 2004, Tall became one of Mali's five members.[3]

Tall was again elected to a seat in the National Assembly in the July 2007 parliamentary election, running at the head of an ADEMA-CNID-URD list in Ségou.[2] Although the list did not win a majority in its district in the first round,[14] in the second round it won 63.89%.[2] At the beginning of the new National Assembly's term on September 3, Tall was a candidate for the position of President of the National Assembly, but he was defeated by ADEMA President Dioncounda Traoré; Tall received 31 votes while Traoré received 111.[15][16]

In addition to serving in the National Assembly, Tall is currently a member of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Présidentielles: 24 SUR LA LIGNE DE DÉPART", L'Essor, April 8, 2002 (French).
  2. ^ a b c "LISTE PROVISOIRE DES DÉPUTÉS ÉLUS au 2è TOUR", L'Essor, n°15998, July 26, 2007 (French).
  3. ^ a b List of members of the Pan-African Parliament (as of March 15, 2004), African Union website.
  4. ^ a b Elections in Mali, African Elections Database.
  5. ^ "Mali: Opposition "satisfied" with poll boycott; office of leader attacked", Radio France Internationale (, May 13, 1997.
  6. ^ "Mali: "Radical opposition" to boycott 20th July election", Africa No 1 radio (, July 1, 1997.
  7. ^ "MALI - Leaders charged with death of policeman", IRIN-WA Daily Media Update 30-97, August 15, 1997.
  8. ^ "Mali: New candidate joins presidential race", Africa No 1 radio (, March 4, 2002.
  10. ^ "Nouvelle Assemblée nationale: VA ET VIENT", L'Essor, August 13, 2002 (French).
  11. ^ "Programme summary of Radio France Internationale news 1230 gmt 15 Jul 02", Radio France Internationale (, July 15, 2002.
  12. ^ Page on the National Assembly at Malian presidency website (French).
  13. ^ Naomi Schwarz, "President's Coalition Wins Large Majority in Mali Legislative Elections", VOA News, July 25, 2007.
  14. ^ Mamadi Tounkara, "Qui d’entre eux tombera au second tour ?", Nouvel Horizon (, July 4, 2007 (French).
  15. ^ "Dioncounda Traoré élu président de l'Assemblée nationale : PRESQUE UN PLÉBISCITE !", L'Essor, n°16026, September 4, 2007 (French).
  16. ^ "Mali: Dioncounda Traoré élu président de l'Assemblée nationale", AFP (, September 3, 2007 (French).
  17. ^ "Liste des députés Membres du Parlement de la CEDEAO", National Assembly website (French).