ECOWAS Elects Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf As First Female Chair

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has elected Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as its chairperson, making her the first female head of state to hold the position.
President Sirleaf was elected at the 49th ECOWAS heads of state meeting in Senegal over the weekend.
Sirleaf takes over from Senegal’s Macky Sall, and would hold the position for the customary 12 months. Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama held the post for the entirety of 2014, before handing over to Sall.
77 year old Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been President of Liberia since 2006, the first ever woman to be elected President in Africa.


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