Akufo Addo Replaced by Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo As New ECOWAS Chairman

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, July 3 ended his tenure as Chair of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

President Akufo-Addo had served two terms – first in 2020 and then renewed for another year in 2021.

He chaired his last meeting at the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority held in Accra on Sunday.

He was replaced by Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who thanked his colleague heads of state for electing him as the new Chair.

President Embalo is set to serve for one year subject to renewal.

President Akufo-Addo took over from Niger’s former president, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Monday, September 7, 2020.

This was renewed in June, 2021 to help complete ongoing institutional reforms geared towards the reduction of the number of statutory appointees of the ECOWAS Commission from 15 to seven and to also streamline operational cost.

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