The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have elected President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as its new chairperson.
This was announced at the 49th ECOWAS heads of state meeting which opened in Dakar, Senagal on Saturday.
She 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.
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President Sirleaf pledged to work towards achieving the objectives of the regional community’s vision 2020 after her announcement.
She also noted that there is a lot more to be done if that vision is to be achieved.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'éta.