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Nigeria's Buhari elected new chairman of ECOWAS

Nigeria's Buhari elected new chairman of ECOWAS

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<h3>Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (<span class="caps">ECOWAS</span>) in Togo’s capital Lome.</h3> <p>He takes over the yearly rotational role from Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe who faced a tough task in his 12-month tenure. Togolese opposition parties protested his continued stay in power over the entire period.</p> <p>Buhari’s election was announced at the end of the 53rd Ordinary Summit of <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span> Heads of State which ended on Monday evening. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The new Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (<span class="caps">ECOWAS</span>) <a href="https://twitter.com/ecowas_cedeao?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ecowas_cedeao</a> <a href="https://t.co/vf4387npJy">pic.twitter.com/vf4387npJy</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (</code>toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/1024382740349808640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 31, 2018</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Preceding the Heads of State summit was a joint summit between <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span> and the Central African bloc, the Economic Community of Central African States (<span class="caps">ECCAS</span>).</p> <p>A communique issued at the close of the summit said its aim “was to create conditions for sustainable peace and a secured environment in the common area of the two regions.”</p> <p>At the heart of deliberations were: security, peace and stability and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. The African Union chief, Moussa Faki Mahamat was also in attendance.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Heads of State or representatives from <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span></h2> <p>Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Heads of State or representatives from <span class="caps">ECCAS</span></h2> <p>Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.</p>
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