Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé (4 January 1948 – 6 November 2021) was a Malian politician and the Prime Minister of Mali at the time of the 2012 Malian coup d’état. She was the first female prime minister in the country’s history. She was announced to the position by decree on 3 April 2011, replacing Modibo Sidibé. She held the position for slightly less than a year under the presidency of Amadou Toumani Touré before was removed from office in the 22 March 2012 coup.
Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé was born in Timbuktu, Mali on 4 January 1948. Her family name is Sidibé but she later took her husband’s family name Cissé as well. Sidibé Cissé was educated at a Goundam primary school, and later received her baccalauréat in 1970. From there she received a degree in Civil Administration from the Malian National School for Administration (EDA) in Bamako.
From 1974 to 1989 Sidibé Cissé worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Oversight for State Companies and Societies (Ministère de Tutelle des Sociétés et Entreprises d’Etat du Mali), becoming assistant to the Minister from 1987. During this period, Sidibé Cissé studied at universities and foundations throughout West Africa, and farther afield in France, Canada, Belgium, and Italy.
In the interim return to democratic rule in 1991, Sidibé Cissé was named Special Adviser to the President (the interim Presidency then held by coup leader Amadou Toumani Touré) and was named Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the transitional government (August 1991-June 1992). From May 1992 to June 1992, she also was Minister of Agriculture. Sidibé Cissé served from August 1993 to November 2000 as Executive Secretary of the intergovernmental Interstate Committee on the Fight Against Desertification in the Sahel ( Cilss — Comité Inter-Etats de lutte contre la sécheresse au Sahel) based in Ouagadougou. In August 2001 Sidibé Cissé was again named Special Counselor to the President, this time following Amadou Toumani Touré election to that office. From March to June 2002, Sidibé Cissé was again appointed to Ministerial posting, becoming Minister of Rural Development. In 2003, Sidibé Cissé was named the president of the administrative council of Mali’s government Tobacco corporation, SONTAM (Société nationale des tabacs et allumettes du Mali).