The President of The Republic of Mali

President: H E Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

H.E Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA, affectionately known as IBK, is a Malian statesman born in Koutiala on January 29, 1945. He has been a member of parliament since 2002, he was Prime Minister between 1994 and 2000, and President of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2007.

On August 11, 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA was elected President of the Republic in the second round of the election with 77.62% of the vote.

Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA is married to Aminata MAIGA, and father of 4 children.

Academic background and professional experience

Former student of the prestigious Parisian high school Janson de Sailly, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA graduated from the secondary school Terrasson de Fougères of Bamako in 1965, then continued his studies at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and the Sorbonne, where he obtained a Master of History, a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Political Science and another in History of Contemporary International Relations (IHRIC).

After his studies, he was a research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and taught Third World political systems at the University of Paris Tolbiac.

Returning to Mali in 1986, IBK became involved in the economic and social development of his country as the European Union's chief technical adviser for the European Development Fund (EDF), then in the NGO “Terre des Hommes-France”, where he was the director for Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Political career and state management

IBK was successively appointed spokesman and diplomatic advisor to President Konaré, and in November 1992 Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso and Gabon, with residence in Abidjan, Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 1993, Prime Minister from February 1994 to 2000 and he was elected President of the National Assembly, on September 16, 2002

On March 23, 2012, IBK was the first politician to condemn with force and determination the putch. These events precipitated the loss of 2/3 of the Malian territory, in favor of jihadist and independentist armed groups, validating IBK's position on the decay of the state and the reject of the Algiers accords (2006).

Initially a member of the Front for Democracy and the Republic (FDR), the IBK 2012 coalition came out in May 2012, in disagreement with the management of the Malian crisis, deemed contrary to respect for the sovereignty of Mali. IBK therefore choses to lead the fight for democracy autonomously, within its group, and in connection with other democratic groups, throughout the transition.

In 2013 he is elected President of the Republic for a first term (2013-2018). During this first term and under his leadership, the Government of the Republic of Mali and the armed groups signed the Peace agreement called Algiers Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

The Government is currently working on the implementation of this Peace Agreement.

Elected in the second round of the 2018 Presidential Election with 67.17% of the vote and in accordance with the provisions of the fundamental law of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA was sworn in before the Supreme Court for the second time on 04 September 2018 for a second term of 5 years 2018-2023. He has dedicated this second term to the promotion of youth and the completion of the implementation of the Peace and national Reconciliation process in Mali.

Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA is Grand Officer of the National Order of Mali and Grand Master of National Orders of Mali.

Commander of the Legion of Honor, he was vice president of the Socialist International, and also chaired the Union of African Parliamentarians.