President  Nana Addo Dankwa  Akuffo-Addo has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

He was elected as the Chairman at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS Summit, which is being held in Niamey, capital of Niger.

Currently, West African leaders have gathered in Nigerien capital, Niamey for the 57th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

President Akufo-Addo on Monday, September 7, 2020 led the Ghanaian delegation to the meeting , which is discussing matters pertaining to the COVID-19 situation in West Africa, the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme, and the political impasse in Mali.

Additionally, the leaders were also expected to consider reports form the 44th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council at the Ministerial Level, and the 84th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, which preceded the Summit.

Among other leaders who traveled to Niamey for the Summit include Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Senegal’s Macky Sall and Gambia’s Adama Barrow.

ECOWAS has been at the frontline in trying to resolve the political crisis in Mali.

Mali’s military ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar on August 18 following weeks of protests in the country.

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