President Muhammadu Youssouf of Niger Republic has been elected as the new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of heads of states and Government.
He took over from president Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
The election was part of modalities for the 55th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS which was declared open by President Buhari on Saturday in Abuja.
While declaring the session open, President Buhari on behalf of the ECOWAS, condoled with the families of the victims of terrorist attacks, banditry and inter-communal clashes perpetrated by some misguided elements within the region.
He assured all that the ECOWAS will not relent in its efforts to protect its peace-loving people and their properties, while vigorously sustaining the war against terrorism and criminality”.