Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga

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Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga
Foreign Minister of Mali
In office
5 April 2011 – 21 March 2012
Preceded by Moctar Ouane
Succeeded by Sadio Lamine Sow
Personal details
Nationality Malian
Political party Alliance for Solidarity in Mali

Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga is a Malian politician. The leader of the Alliance for Solidarity in Mali, he served in the government of Mali as Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Amadou Toumani Touré from 5 April 2011[1] until the March 2012 coup d'état. Later he was Minister of Defense from 2013 to 2014.

Along with several other ministers, he was arrested during the coup when rebel soldiers stormed the presidential palace on 22 March 2012.[2] On 25 March, he began a hunger strike along with 13 other arrested officials to protest his detention.[3]

After Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won the 2013 presidential election, Maïga was appointed to the government as Minister of Defense on 8 September 2013.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Adam Thiam (2012-04-18). "Mali : Boubèye Maïga, les raisons d'un retour". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Mali president 'safe' after fleeing from overnight rebel coup". 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (25 March 2012). "Mali officials stage hunger strike to protest coup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gouvernement malien : Boubèye Maïga à la Défense, création d'un ministère chargé du Nord", AFP, 8 September 2013 (French).
  5. ^ "Ripples from Kidal", Africa Confidential, volume 55, number 12, 13 June 2014.

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