Malian Prime Minister Choguel Maiga placed on 'forced rest'
Malian Prime Minister Choguel Maiga has been ordered by his doctor to rest after months of intense exertion, his office said on Saturday, while an adviser denied media reports that he had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
"After 14 months of working without a break, the prime minister, head of government, Choguel Kokalla Maiga was placed on forced rest by his doctor," his office said on its Facebook page.
The office added that the prime minister is set to resume working next week.
Paris-based Jeune Afrique magazine first reported that Maiga had suffered a stroke, citing sources close to him. An adviser to Maiga, reached by Reuters, denied this.
Mali's ruling junta named Maiga, a former opposition leader, as prime minister of the transitional government it leads in June of last year.