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Guinea Bissau President elected new ECOWAS chair, takes over from Akufo-Addo

Guinea Bissau President elected new ECOWAS chair, takes over from Akufo-Addo
Guinea Bissau President elected new ECOWAS chair, takes over from Akufo-Addo.

Guinea Bissau President Umaro Embalo has been elected as new chair of the ECOWAS for the next one year.

He was elected at Sunday’s Summit [3 July 2022] to succeed Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who held the position for almost two years.

Gambia’s Omar Alieu Touray was also introduced as the new President of the ECOWAS Commission replacing Cote d’Ivoire’s Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who has served a four-year mandate with an extension of three months and 10 days ending 10th July.

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Brou assumes office as Governor of the Central Bank of West African States, BCEAO on Monday.

Touray heads a seven-member Commission in a region dogged by insecurity & political instability with three of ECOWAS 15 member States under army rule.

Embalo survived a coup attempt early this year.