Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: 44th ECOWAS Summit records impressive turnout of leaders (Corrected, adding Mamadou Issoufou of Niger)

Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which started off in Cote d'Ivoire's inland capital city of Yamoussoukro here Friday, is being attended by 13 Heads of State and Government, a turnout considered impressive by observers.

Among the leaders attending the two-day summit is Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who is making an appearance at the summit for the first time in a long time.

Also in attendance are host President and ECOWAS Chairman Alassane Ouattara, Presidents Macky Sall (Senegal); Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria); Ellen Johnson-Sirlead (Liberia); Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso); Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali); John Dramani Mahama and Idriss Deby (Chad).

Others are Presidents Alpha Conde (Guinea); Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone); Yayi Boni (Benin), Mamadou Issoufou of Niger and Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo (Guinea Bissau).

Only Presidents Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca of Cabo Verde and Faure Gnassingbe of Togo did not attend the opening ceremony, which was held at the magnificent Houphouet-Boigny centre in the city.

PANA reports that top on the agenda of the meeting is the election of the Chairman of Authority who will succeed President Ouattara, who would have served two terms as Chair of the 15-member bloc by the end of the current summit on Saturday.

ECOWAS sources told PANA that Ghana and Liberia are vying for the rotational chairmanship.
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28 march 2014 15:35:26

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