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In Mali, Choguel Maïga made his big comeback Monday, December 5 at the Primature after being put on forced rest for medical reasons. After four months of uncertainty and a last week during which the vagueness had been maintained, Choguel Maïga is therefore well and truly back in business. A return which did not fail to make the Malian political class react.
The Prime Minister of Maliwelcomed by the applause of his team, began with a meeting with the man who had taken over his interim, Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, Minister of Territorial Administration. Many thought that Choguel Maïga would never set foot in the Primature again and that he had been ousted for a long time, others strongly demanded his return. After four months of uncertainty and a final week during which the vagueness had been maintained, Choguel Maïga is therefore well and truly back in business.
« He returns serene, determined, with an iron morale “, assures a close collaborator of Choguel Maïga. “ He was supported by the president himself and by the entire Malian people, it strengthens him politically “, Judge again this support of the Prime Minister.
From ” mess »
« He came back to die “, predicts on the contrary a pillar of the opposition. ” The colonels couldn’t humiliate him, but they’ll get him to quit eventually “, he adds.
Between his release from convalescence on November 25 and the formalization of his return to the Primature on December 4, Choguel Maïga had to wait nearly ten days and multiply public statements. Many critical voices believe that these procrastination are proof of differences at the top of the state between the five putschist colonels. But also of a lack of alternative: “ They had no other solution! “, taunts an opponent.
Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, who had served in the interim, was elevated to the rank of Minister of State and remained holder of the Territorial Administration and spokesman for the government. Is this a thank you for good offices? Instead ” a way not to leave him under the tutelage of Choguel “, comments another former minister, “ but it keeps two men at the head of the government “. It’s ” mess “, abounds another who deplores the maneuvers of power when” the social grogne mount ».
“There is work and he will assume his mission until the end »
Comments swept away by a collaborator of Choguel Maïga. ” He is a major political player, he does not come back to do extra work. There is work and he will assume his mission until the end “, according to him.
The Executive of the opposition parties, which has always considered Choguel Maïga too divisive to be head of government, is in any case preparing for him an eventful return. A new broader protest platform is announced, with political parties, but also unions and religious. Consultations are still ongoing.