The Institutions

Mali is an independent, sovereign, indivisible, democratic, secular republic. Mali has eight (8) institutions that are:

-The President of the Republic

-The Cabinet

-The National Assembly

-The Supreme Court

-The Constitutional Court

-The High Court of Justice

-The High Council of Territorial Collectives

-The Economic, Social and Cultural Council The President of the Republic

The President of the Republic

The president is the chief of state and commander in chief of the armed forces. The president is elected to 5-year terms, with a limit of two terms. The president appoints the Prime Minister as head of government. The president chairs the Council of Ministers, which adopts proposals for laws submitted to the National Assembly for approval.

The President’s Office:

The Cabinet

The Cabinet determines and directs the political institutions of the Nation, the armed forces, and their administration. The Prime Minister is the Head of the Cabinet. He directs and coordinates governmental action. He assures the execution of the laws. He is responsible for the execution of the political institutions and the national defense. The Cabinet is responsible before the National Assembly.

The Prime Minister’ Office:

The National Assembly (The Parliament)

The National Assembly is the sole legislative arm of the government. It currently consists of 147 members. Members of the National Assembly are called Deputies. Representation is apportioned according to the population of administrative districts. Election is direct and by party list. The term of office is 5 years.

The Assembly meets for two regular sessions each year. It debates and votes on legislation proposed either by one of its members or by the government and has the right to question government ministers about government actions and policies. Eight political parties, aggregated into four parliamentary groups, are represented in the Assembly.

The National Assembly (The Parliament):

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has both judicial and administrative powers. Under the constitution, there is a separate constitutional court and a high court of justice with the power to try senior government officials in cases of treason.
The Supreme Court is presided over by a magistrate of the judiciary appointed by the President of the Republic on proposal of the Higher Judicial Council.
The President of the Supreme Court is assisted by a Vice-Chairman appointed under the same conditions
The Supreme Court is composed of:

  • A Judicial section
  • An Administrative section;
  • An Accounting section.

The Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court guarantees the fundamental laws of the individual and public liberties. The Constitutional Court is composed of nine members who hold the title of Counselors with a period of office of seven years, once renewable. The nine (9) members of the Constitutional Court must give an oath in a ceremony presided over by the President of the Republic before the National Assembly and the Supreme Court. They must say:

"I swear to conscientiously fulfill the duties of my office, with strict respect to the obligations of neutrality and reservation, and to conduct myself with dignity and loyalty to my public office."

The Constitutional Court must decide on:
- The constitutionality of organizational laws and other laws before their promulgation

- The interior regulations of the National Assembly, the High Council of Collectives and of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council before they are put in application.

- The arbitration of conflicts between institutions of the State;

- The regularity of presidential and legislative elections and the operations for referendums of which it shall declare the results.

The High Court of Justice

The High Court of Justice is competent to judge the President of the Republic and Ministers upon accusation by the National Assembly of high treason or of crimes or offenses committed while exercising their functions.

The High Council of Territorial Collectives

The mission of the High Council of Collectives is to study and give an opinion about every issue of local and regional development. It may make proposals to the Cabinet on any issue concerning the protection of the environment and the quality of life in the collectives.

The High Council of Collectives is seated at Bamako. It may be transferred to any other location if necessary. The members of the High Council of Collectives carry the title National Counselors. National Counselors are elected for five years by indirect suffrage.

The High Council of Collectives represents the Malians abroad.

The President of the High Council of Collectives is elected for five years.

The Economic, Social and Cultural Council

The Economic, Social and Cultural Council is competent regarding all aspects of economic, social and cultural development. Members of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council are:

-The representatives of syndicates, associations and socio-professional groups, elected by the association or group of origin;

-The representatives of the collectives designated by their peers;

-The representatives of Malians abroad.
The Economic, Social and Cultural Council writes a report to the attention of the President of the Republic, the Cabinet and the National Assembly about the expectations, the needs and problems of the civil society.

Current Government Ministers

Le Président de la République
Vu la Constitution ; 
Vu le Décret n°2017-0315/P-RM du 08 avril 2017 portant nomination du Premier ministre ;
Sur proposition du Premier ministre,
Article 1er : Sont nommés membres du Gouvernement en qualité de :
1. Ministre de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants : Monsieur Tiéna COULIBALY
2. Ministre de l’Administration Territorial : Monsieur Tiéman Hubert COULIBALY
3. Ministre de la Sécurité et de la Protection Civile : Général de Brigade Salif TRAORÉ
4. Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération Internationale : Monsieur Abdoulaye DIOP
5. Ministre de la Justice, Garde des Sceaux : Maître Mamadou Ismaïla KONATÉ
6. Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances : Docteur Boubou CISSÉ
7. Ministre des Mines : Professeur Tiémoko SANGARÉ
8. Ministre des Transports : Maïtre Baber GANO
9. Ministre de la Solidarité et de l’Action Humanitaire : Monsieur Hamadou KONATÉ
10. Ministre de l’Éducation Nationale : Monsieur Mohamed AG ERLAF
11. Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique : Professeur Assétou Founè SAMAKÉ MIGAN
12. Ministre des Droit de l’Homme et de la Réforme de l’État : Maître Kassoum TAPO
13. Ministre de la Décentralisation et de la Fiscalité Locale : Monsieur Alhassane AG HAMED MOUSSA
14. Ministre de la Réconciliation Nationale : Monsieur Mohamed EL MOCTAR
15. Ministre des Maliens de l’Extérieur et de l’Intégration Africaine : Docteur Abdramane SYLLA
16. Ministre de la Promotion de l’Investissement et du Secteur Privé : Monsieur Konimba SIDIBÉ
17. Ministre de l’Habitat, de l’Urbanisme et des Affaires Foncières : Maître Mohamed Ali BATHILY
18. Ministre de l’Agriculture : Docteur Nango DEMBÉLÉ
19. Ministre de la l’Elevage et de la Pêche : Madame LY Taher DRAVÉ
20. Ministre de l’Economie Numérique et de la Communication : Monsieur Arouna Modibo TOURÉ
21. Ministre de l’Equipement et du Désenclavement : Mme TRAORÉ Seynabou DIOP
22. Ministre du Développement Industriel : Monsieur Mohamed Aly AG IBRAHIM
23. Ministre de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle : Monsieur Maouloud BEN KATTRA
24. Ministre de la Santé et de l’Hygiène Publique : Professeur Samba Ousmane SOW
25. Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique, Chargé des Relations avec les Institutions : Madame DIARRA Raky TALLA
26. Ministre du Commerce, Porte-parole du Gouvernement : Monsieur Abdel Karim KONATÉ
27. Ministre de l’Energie et de l’Eau : Monsieur Malick ALHOUSSEINI
28. Ministre de l’Environnement, de l’Assainissement et du Développement Durable : Madame KEITA Aïda M’BO
29. Ministre de l’Aménagement du Territoire et de la Population : Monsieur Adama Tiémoko DIARRA
30. Ministre de la Culture : Madame N’DIAYE Ramatoulaye DIALLO
31. Ministre de l’Artisanat et du Tourisme : Madame Nina WALET INTALOU
32. Ministre de la Promotion de la Femme, de l’Enfant et de la Famille : Madame TRAORÉ Oumou TOURÉ
33. Ministre des Sports : Monsieur Housseïni Amion GUINDO
34. Ministre des Affaires religieuses et du Culte : Monsieur Thierno Amadou Oumar Hass DIALLO
35. Ministre de la Jeunesse et de la Construction Citoyenne : Monsieur Amadou KOITA
Article 2 : Le présent décret sera enregistré et publié au Journal officiel.
Bamako, le 11 avril 2017
Le Président de la République
Ibrahim Boubacar KEÏTA

Le Premier Ministre :
Abdoulaye Idrissa MAÏGA


President: H E Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (2013)

Prime minister: H E Mr. ABDOULAYE IDRISSA MAIGA (2017)

Type: Republic.

Independence: September 22, 1960.

Constitution: February 25, 1992
Mali's constitution provides for a multi-party democracy, with the only restriction being a prohibition against parties based on ethnic, religious, regional, or gender lines.

Mali has a tripartite system of government consisting of executive, judicial and legislative branches.

Executive: president (head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces).

Legislative: National Assembly is the sole legislative arm of the government; currently consisting 147 members.

Judicial: Supreme Court with both judicial and administrative powers.

Political parties: Mali is a multiparty democracy. Eight political parties are represented in the National Assembly; others are active in local government.

Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Administrative subdivisions: Mali is divided into eight regions and the district of Bamako, each under the authority of an appointed governor. Each region consists of five to nine districts (or Circles), administered by commandants. Circles are divided into communes, which, in turn, are divided into villages or quarters. The decentralization process has started with the establishment of 702 elected municipal councils, headed by elected mayors.

Coat of Arms




" Un Peuple, un But, une Foi"
(One Nation, One Goal, One Faith)




The National Anthem is "LE MALI".

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