Ecowas chair ends Mahama's tenure as Ecowas chair to end Tuesday

The Ecowas will elect new chair as President Mahama’s tenure ends in 5 days.

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President John Dramani Mahama joined other Heads of State from the sub-region play

President John Dramani Mahama joined other Heads of State from the sub-region

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The tenure of the Chairman of ECOWAS, President John Mahama will end on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.

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.

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

One of the key issues President John Mahama superintended over was the signing of the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

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

In his capacity as Ecowas Chair, he 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.

In his tenure, he hosted the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Accra.

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

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