Ghana is scheduled to host the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of Ecowas on Tuesday, May 19.

Key among discussions during the tenure will be election of a new Chair for the Authority and the announcement of new dates for events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

Ghana?s president, John Dramani Mahama, who has chaired the Authority since March, 2014 had his tenure extended last December during the 47th Ordinary Session of the sub-regional bloc held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr Mahama, in his capacity as Ecowas Chair, has overseen successful elections in Africa?s most populous country, Nigeria and Togo. He also brokered a peace pact in Burkina Faso after protests broke out in Ouagadougou last year, when then leader Blaise Compaore amended the constitution to make an extension of his mandate eligible.

Ecowas was established on May 28, 1975. But its 40th anniversary originally scheduled to be celebrated in Abuja, Nigeria will delay a while.

?A new date will be announced after the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Ecowas Heads of State and Government,? an advisory on its portal said.

Source: Emmanuel Kwame Amoh, tv3network.com

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