Mali's 1992 constitution states that the
country should be a secular republic with multi-party
systems. There are many political parties, but ideology
plays a minor role. The parties usually gather around a
The executive, the judiciary and the legislative
power must be different. The country's president holds
the executive power and has great powers. The president
is the head of state and commander-in-chief and appoints
a prime minister who in turn appoints the government's
Total population and chart of Mali for years of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Also covers population density, birth rate, death rate and population growth rates.
The president is elected for a term of five years in
general and direct elections. If no candidate receives
at least half of the votes in the first round, a second
round is held between the two candidates who received
the most votes. The president can be re-elected.
The Legislative Parliament, the National
Assembly, has a chamber of 160 members. Of
these, 147 are elected by majority in single-person
constituencies while 13 are elected separately by
Malaysians residing abroad. The term of office of the
members is five years.
Administratively, Mali is divided into ten regions
and the metropolitan area of Bamako. The regions are
governed by each governor while Bamako is governed by a
Since the introduction of multi-party systems in
1992, many political parties have been formed. Before
elections, broad partial alliances are often formed to
create a majority in the National Assembly.
In the 2013 and 2020 parliamentary elections, the
Assembly for Mali (Rassemblement pour
le Mali, RPM) became the largest party.
RPM was formed in 2001 through an outbreak from Adéma
(see below). Leading figure for RPM is Ibrahim Boubacar
Keïta, president since 2013 and former prime minister
and leader of Adéma. RPM has been a leading government
party since 2013.
Until 2013, the Alliance for Democracy in the
Mali-African Party for Solidarity and Justice
(Alliance for Democracy in Mali – African Party
for Solidarity and Justice, Adéma-PASJ or just
Adéma) was the largest party in the
Mali National Assembly. Adéma was formed in 1990 through
a merger of several parties who were in opposition to
the then dictator Moussa Traoré. Adéma is usually
described as a social democratic and acting support
party to the RPM in the National Assembly during the
term of 2013-2020.
The major parties include the Union for the
Republic and democracy (Union pour la republic
et la democratie (URD)),
which was founded in 2002 by mainly defunct members of
Adéma. The URD is led by Soumaïla Cissé, who was Keïta's
foremost challenger in the 2013 and 20018 presidential
elections. Since 2013, Cissé has been given the role of
main opposition leader.
Among the parties that received more than five seats
in the 2020 elections are the Movement for Mali
(Mouvement pour du Mali, MPM),
Alliance for Solidarity in the Mali-Patriotic Forces
Collection (Alliance pour la solidarité au
Mali-Convergence des forces patriotique,
Asma-CFP), Democratic Alliance for
Peace-Mali (Democratic Alliance for La Paix-Mali,
ADP-Maliba) and Collection for
Mali's Development (Rassemblement pour le
Evolution de du Mali, RpDM).
Alternative forces for renewal and emergence
(Forces alternatives pour le renouveau, Fare)
were formed in 2013 and managed to become the fourth
largest party in the election that year. However, Fare
backed down in the 2020 election.
Keita faithful parties win parliamentary elections
The two-term parliamentary elections, in November and December, result in a
stable majority for parties supporting President Keïta. They get 115 of the 147
seats. The largest individual party, the president's own RPM, receives 66 seats.
The presidential candidate Cissé loses a formal role as opposition leader since
his party's URD was given 17 seats. The election is being overshadowed by the
halted peace talks and murders of two Senegalese UN soldiers the day before the
second round. The turnout in the second round is set at 37 percent. The
elections are conducted in relatively orderly forms and live up to international
standards according to EU observers.
Struggles and broken armistice
Struggles erupt at the Kidal Airport as Tuareg protesters try to prevent the
Prime Minister from visiting the city. According to the MNLA, army soldiers kill
a demonstrator and injure five. The next day, the MNLA declares the ceasefire
The coupler is seized
The leader of the former military junta Sanogo is arrested. He has repeatedly
canceled orders to be heard on shootings in connection with soldier protests in
The army chief among several kicked
In addition to the army chief, who was appointed by the former transitional
government and considered to be close by the coup leader Sanogo, the president
also dismisses the national police chief and the head of the military academy.
Earlier, Keïta dismissed the head of the State Security Service and dissolved a
military reform commission led by Sanogo.
Rebel movements plan to merge
The groups are gathered to participate in peace talks with the government on
the basis of a common platform. The new movement, which does not yet have a
name, includes MNLA, HCUA and the newly formed Azawad Arab Movement (MAA).
Two French journalists are killed
Two French journalists who had been abducted in the city of Kidal are killed
by rebels who are believed to have belonged to Aqim. The French government
suggests that the French soldiers in Mali should play a more prominent role as a
result of the murders.
Offensive against Islamists
French soldiers in cooperation with UN forces and units from Malian allies go
to coordinated offensive against militia to prevent them from retaking the
initiative. A total of 1,500 soldiers are reported to be participating in the
offensive, named Operation Hydra.
New suicide act
Two UN Chad soldiers are killed and six soldiers injured by a suicide bomber
on the outskirts of the city of Tessalit. A child is also killed in the attack.
Suicidal acts in military placement
Two civilians are killed and six soldiers injured in the attack in Timbuktu,
which is carried out by four men in a car loaded with explosives. In Kidal,
fighting between MNLA and army soldiers erupts.
Rebel groups threaten to cease fire
The Tuareg groups MNLA and HCUA threaten to withdraw from the agreement with
the Government on a ceasefire from June. They point out that the government has
not kept its part of the agreement. Thus, it is uncertain whether the
negotiations for a long-term peace agreement planned for November can come to an
The United States resumes humanitarian aid
However, the United States announces that it is awaiting yet another time
before further military assistance may be required.
Keïta takes over as president
Ibrahim Keïta assumes the post of president and appoints economist Oumar
Tatam Ly as prime minister. He comes from a high position at the West African
central bank BCEAO in Dakar. Later, a former rebel leader, Zahibi Ould Sidi
Mohamed, is appointed Foreign Minister. He belongs to the country's Arab
minority and has previously been leader of a rebel movement in the north.
Coupler conductors are promoted
Among the final decisions made by the outgoing interim government is to
promote Captain Amadou Senogo, who led the coup in March 2012, to the four-star
general. Human rights organizations call the decision shameful and believe that
he should instead be held accountable for torture and illegal abductions.
Keïta wins presidential elections
Despite the troubled situation with threats of violence from Islamists, and
doubts about fair conditions, the presidential election is being carried out as
planned. In the first round of elections held at the end of July, former Prime
Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta received 39 percent and former Finance Minister
Soumaïla Cissé 19 percent. Keïta came in second place in the previous elections
(see April 2007). In the second round, Keïta wins by almost 78
percent of the vote against 22 for Cissé, who concedes defeat. The turnout is 46
percent, compared to 49 percent in the first half.
The UN force Minusma established
The African intervention force is being transformed into a regular UN force,
with the Dutch former Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders as
Termination agreements are concluded
The government and the Tuareg guerrilla MNLA conclude an agreement that
allows the Malian army to enter Kidal, controlled by the MNLA, to ensure that
the elections can be conducted there. After the election, negotiations on a
long-term peace agreement will start. A smaller Tuareg organization, the High
Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA), is also signing the agreement.
Donor conference gives billion promises
At the donor conference in Brussels, Mali is promised over US $ 4.2 billion
for post-war reconstruction work. This is significantly more than Mali had asked
for in 2013–2014, but it is common for these types of promises to be
significantly more generous than actual payments.
The UN decides on peacekeeping
The Security Council approves the creation of the UN Multidimensional
Integrated Stabilization Force in Mali (Minusma), which shall
consist of a maximum of 11,200 soldiers and 1,440 policemen. The body will be
made up of the African force of approximately 6,300 men already in Mali.
Nearly half a million have fled their homes
The UNHCR says it has received just under a third of what the organization
needs to keep the refugees from northern Mali with food, shelter, health care,
sanitation and schools. Of the 457,000 who have moved home, over 175,000 are in
Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger.
US terrorist stamps Ansar al-Din
The United States refers to the organization's continued connection to
al-Qaeda. The decision means that any assets Ansar al-Din has in the US are
frozen and that financial contacts with the Islamist movement are prohibited.
The private media faces a publishing stop in protest of an editor being
arrested for publishing a protest letter from soldiers taking part in the
fighting in the north. In the open letter to the president, the soldiers write
that they lack equipment and adequate food rations, while the higher commanders
live in safety in the capital.
Elections are announced for the summer
Despite continued unrest in the north, the government believes that the
situation in the country has stabilized so much that the presidential and
parliamentary elections that would have been carried out in 2012 can now be
Struggles in Bamako
Army soldiers and paratroopers end up in battle in the capital, following an
alleged revolt among the latter. The paratroopers were used as bodyguards by
deposed President Amadou Toumani Touré and are considered to have passed away
after the 2012 coup.
Cities are withdrawn from the rebels
At the end of the month, French-led forces regain control of Gao, Timbuktu
and Kidal - the three major cities in the north that have been in control of the
rebels. France now claims to have 2,500 people in place in Mali.
Extensive foreign aid
The United States is considering appropriate support, the United Kingdom
provides two squadron transport plans to Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and
Nigeria pledge to send troops immediately.
France participates in battles
President François Hollande confirms French soldiers are already taking part
in the fighting on the Malian army side and will stay "as long as needed". The
UN Security Council subsequently sanctioned French intervention later in the
The rebels advance
Rebels should have taken on yet another strategic city in former
government-controlled territory and the UN Security Council calls for "urgent"
international military intervention.