The President of Senegal, Macky Sall has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He was elected at the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of Ecowas  held in Accra.

President John Mahama was elected Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and took over from his immediate neighbour and Ivorian President Allasane Ouattara who was elected on 17 February 2012.

He was elected during the 44th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.

The Summit ended in Ghana on Tuesday with several recommendations on various issues, including the end of tenure of some statutory appointees of the ECOWAS Commission, the expiry of the 3rd Parliamentary term of the Community Parliament, the Community Levy, and the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET).

On the tenure of some statutory appointees, Council set up a five-member Ad hoc Committee comprising Cape Verde, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and Senegal, to propose modalities and submit report to Council at its next extraordinary session scheduled for the first week of July 2015.An Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on this issue will then be held in the first week of August 2015.

On the Community Parliament, Council recommended that the Authority of Heads of State and Government allow a transition period of five months to enable the new Parliament begin on 1st January 2016.