Photos: Akufo-Addo holds first ECOWAS meeting as new chair

President Nana Akufo-Addo welcomes Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire,

President Nana Akufo-Addo has held his first meeting as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

The meeting is to help bring some finality to the deliberations on Mali, where a coup has deposed the country’s embattled leader, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

He was named ECOWAS chairman last week and joins a list of Ghanaian leaders to have headed the sub-regional body.

Jerry Rawlings held the position in 1994 during an impasse of the first Liberian war. Under his chairmanship, the Akosombo Accord and Accra Peace Agreement were signed.

John Kufuor held it twice in 2003 and 2004 while John Mahama also held the position in 2015.

It was only Prof. John Evans Atta Mills who never held the position during his short time as president.

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing

West African leaders gathered in Ghana for a consultative meeting as part of efforts to resolve the Malian governance crisis.

With Mali engulfed in a political crisis that is threatening to destabilise the country, the ECOWAS leaders are hoping to use the extraordinary summit to find lasting peace for the Sahelian country.

The summit is taking place at the Presidential Villa at Peduase, near Aburi in the Eastern Region.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

Heads of state in attendance include S.E. Patrice Talon of Benin; Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso; Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cabo Verde; Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, Adama Barrow of The Gambia and Alpha Conde of Guinea.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, suit and wedding

Others are Presidents Maro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, George Manneh Weah of Liberia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

The rest are Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo and Yemi Osibanjo of Nigeria.

The deposed Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, will not attend the summit, convened by the newly elected Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, suit and wedding

Image may contain: one or more people, suit and wedding

However, the military junta in Mali, led by Colonel Assimi Goita, which seized power on August 18, this year, are at the summit.

The junta, calling itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, has promised to restore democratic governance within 12 months, following the intervention of ECOWAS, which sent a delegation, headed by a former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, to Mali on August 23.

Image may contain: one or more people

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing

Image may contain: one or more people and indoor

The Peduase Summit is a family affair, as international bodies and foreign diplomatic/development partners will not attend the meeting, which is President Akufo-Addo’s first assignment as ECOWAS Chairman

Image may contain: 1 person, indoor

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, wedding and suit

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table, living room and indoor

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: one or more people

No photo description available.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, sitting and indoor, text that says 'COTE D'IVOIRE TOGO COTE D'IVOIRE 0 GUINEA'

Image may contain: one or more people

Image may contain: one or more people and suit, text that says 'COTE D'IVOIR COTE D'IVOIRE'

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and suit

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoor

Image may contain: one or more people

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, table and indoor

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor, text that says 'NCY PUBL'

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You might also like