P101606SC-0297 Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf waves to the crowd attending her inauguration in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. President Sirleaf is Africa’s first female elected head of state. Mrs. Laura Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the ceremony. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

P101606SC-0297 Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf waves to the crowd attending her inauguration in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. President Sirleaf is Africa’s first female elected head of state. Mrs. Laura Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the ceremony. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has recently been elected as the new Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

She was elected at the 49th ECOWAS heads of state meeting which opened in Dakar, Senagal on Saturday. Sirleaf replaces Senegalese President, Macky Sall whose tenure ends after he took over from Ghana’s President John Mahama in 2015. Her tenure will run for 12 months.

President Sirleaf has pledged to work towards achieving the objectives of the regional community’s vision 2020 after her announcement.

 

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