The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been chosen as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He was elected at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS Summit, which is being held in Niamey, capital of Niger. He replaces Nigerien President, Muhamadou Issoufour.
West African leaders gathered in the 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 drove the Ghanaian delegation to the meeting, to be part of the conversations relating to the COVID-19 circumstance in West Africa, the ECOWAS Single Currency Program, and the political stalemate in Mali.
Moreover, the leaders were also expected to consider reports from 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 went before the Summit.
Several African leaders headed out to Niamey for the Summit. ECOWAS has been at the cutting edge in attempting to determine the political emergency in Mali, which involvement the 75-year-old President Keita and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. The two were arrested alongside other government officials after the move by the military.
Keita was held in detainment for 10 days, with the military legitimizing the move saying it was fundamental for his own security. He was flown abroad for clinical treatment upon his delivery.