"ECOWAS in Full Evolution", Says New Chair

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been elected the new Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State of Government.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Gnassingbe’s election was announced at the end of the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held at the Farmington Hotel, Robertsfield, lower Margibi County, on Sunday, June 4. He took over from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female to serve as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority for a year.

Accepting the preferment, the Togolese President thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him to lead the organization over the next 12 months. “Your choice of Togo, in my humble person, I hereby accept. I humbly accept not only with honor and pride but also and especially with a sense of responsibility and determination,” President Gnassingbe assured.

He seized the opportunity to express to his colleagues, on behalf of the Government and people of Togo, his gratitude and recognition for the unflinching support always shown them. He reflected on the confidence and trust the ECOWAS Authority assigned to Togo in spearheading the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in the sub-region a few years ago when he served as supervisor of the ECOWAS initiative in the fight against the pandemic. “Now it’s also expressed in your trust in me as current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority,” he said.

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