mali | Choguel Maïga says he is ready to take over as head of government

(Bamako) The head of the Malian junta, Colonel Assimi Goïta, received on Friday Choguel Kokalla Maïga, who told him that he was fit to resume his post as prime minister after three months of absence for health reasons, media reported .

Choguel Kokalla Maïga, 64, suffered a stroke in August and was hospitalized. A few days later, Colonel Goïta appointed Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, minister and government spokesperson, to take over as interim.

Choguel Kokalla Maïga was appointed head of government in June 2021 following a second coup in a year strengthening the colonels’ hold on power. He is one of the faces of the break since then with the former French ally and its partners, and of the military and political reorientation towards Russia.

Colonel Goïta, who has been sworn in as president, received Choguel Kokalla Maïga in audience on Friday morning, state television ORTM reported on his Facebook page, with supporting photos.

“I came to inform the president that I am able to return to work and in a few days the head of state will announce the date,” said Choguel Kokalla Maïga, quoted by the government daily L’Essor on the internet.

No information has been released on Colonel Goïta’s response.

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