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President Of Guinea-Bissau Elected ECOWAS Chairman

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Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of Guinea-Bissau, has been officially elected Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

He succeeds Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who has been in office for two terms since 2020.

Embalo will have to deal with the same challenging political and security circumstances that his predecessor faced, as well as the rising cost of food in the region as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The new Chairman will also face the issue of rallying the bloc to restore constitutional governance to the three countries under military administration: Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali.

President Akufo-Addo leaves the position with a history of solid leadership that aided the region in managing the COVID-19 situation.

Another feather in his cap was his advocacy for the preservation of democratic values in the region, as well as his stated opposition to the toppling of legitimately elected governments.

He is widely recognized for encouraging his colleagues to honor their term restrictions.

President Akufo-Addo, who presided over the Authority’s most recent meeting, asked the group to take a concerted approach to addressing the region’s security challenges.

He also pushed his peers to agree to put the regional action plan against terrorism into effect in order to reduce the threat of terrorism.

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