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ECOWAS Elects New Chairman , Akuffo Addo’s Tenure Ends

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On Sunday, July 3, 2022, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana finished his term as Heads of State Authority Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

After serving two terms, the first in 2020 and the second extended for an additional year in 2021, comes this.

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The group’s unanimously elected Chairman, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, the president of Guinea-Bissau, has taken his place.

President Embalo will have a one-year term that could be extended.

On Monday, September 7, 2020, President Akufo-Addo succeeded Mahamadou Issoufou, the previous leader of Niger.

This was extended to June 2021 to assist with ongoing institutional reforms aimed at cutting the number of ECOWAS Commission statutory appointees from 15 to seven and also to reduce operational costs.

Embalo will now have to deal with the challenging political and security environment that his predecessor faced, as well as the region’s soaring food prices brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The task of rallying the bloc to reinstate constitutional rule in the three countries of Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali, which are currently ruled by the military, will also fall to the new Chairman.

As he leaves office, President Akufo-Addo leaves behind a strong leadership legacy that assisted the region in managing the COVID-19 situation.

His efforts to uphold democratic principles in the area and his sworn opposition to the removal of legally elected governments were further achievements.

It is widely acknowledged that he inspired his colleagues to uphold the term limits of their tenures.

The Authority’s most recent meeting was presided over by President Akufo-Addo, who urged the group to take a coordinated approach to address regional security concerns. He also pressed his counterparts to commit to implementing the regional action plan against terrorism in order to reduce the threat of terrorism.

He stated that “our drive to achieve this goal must be stronger than ever, and our resolve to uphold the stability of our region and of its member states must be equally unwavering.”

In light of the region’s increasing food prices brought on by the Russian war in Ukraine, he urged member states to concentrate more on agriculture in order to help the region achieve food security.

The area cannot afford another pandemic outbreak at this time when it is already dealing with major and destabilizing political and security risks, the President said, warning member states that “the threat is still around” from the COVID-19 epidemic.

He declared, “This pandemic’s handling demonstrates our organization’s capacity to pool our resources to counter a serious shared threat. However, since COVID-19 is still active, we must continue to exercise caution.

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