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Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe is new ECOWAS chairperson

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe is new ECOWAS chairperson


<h3>Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been named the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (<span class="caps">ECOWAS</span>) in Liberia’s capital Monrovia.</h3> <p>He takes over the rotational role from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who faced a tough task in her 12-month tenure.</p> <p>This was announced at the 51st <span class="caps">ECOWAS</span> Summit of Heads of State held for the first time in Liberia on Sunday, June 4, 2017.</p> <p>In attendance was the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu who congratulated the incoming chairperson and invited the West African leaders to the Africa-Israel summit to be held in Togo in October.</p> <p>Faure Gnassingbe will face a less tedious task as chairperson compared to President Sirleaf who was faced with the electoral crisis in The Gambia.</p> <p>President Gnassingbe will officially assume the role at the end of the Summit.</p>
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