ECOWAS Summit Ends in Guinea Bissau; President Weah Makes Strong Case for Democracy and Good Governance in the Region
(Abuja, July 10, 2023): The 63rd Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government ended Sunday, July 9, 2023, in Bissau, Guinea Bissau, with a resolve by the ECOWAS Authority to expedite the transition to democracy in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, whose constitutional reform process was well received by the Heads of State.
At the same time, the Authority commended His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal, for appeasing tension and committing to the peace, security and stability of Senegal as West Africa’s bastion of democracy.
According to a release from the Embassy of Liberia in Abuja, Nigeria, leading the charge was His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, who reiterated his call for an urgent conclusion of the review process by stakeholders of the revised ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
President Weah made a strong case for Liberia’s decision to serve as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council representing the Western African Region for 2026-2027, which was endorsed by the ECOWAS Heads of State.
He also assured the ECOWAS Authority of the solidification of Liberia’s credentials as a successful post conflict polity, by conducting free, fair and transparent elections in the Liberian presidential and legislative elections come October 10, 2023.
In a communiqué issued at end of the meeting, the ECOWAS Authority endorsed Liberia’s bid for the UN Security Council position, which is a major boost for President Weah’s foreign policy objective of projecting Liberia’s image on the international stage.
The Authority also elected Nigeria’s President, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the new Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term, replacing His Excellency General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, the President of Guinea Bissau. President Tinubu, in his inaugural address, proclaimed that “Nigeria is back” to solidify democracy and good governance in the ECOWAS region.
The 64th Ordinary of Summit of the ECOWAS Authority will take place at a date to be determined in consultation with the Chairperson of the Authority.