Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Paris's Louis Vuitton Foundation showcases contemporary African art

Read more

#THE 51%

Sparking an outrage: Saudi Arabia elected to UN commission on women's rights

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

National Front's new leader steps down over Holocaust remark

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

How green is ecotourism?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Trump says he won't scrap NAFTA right away, opens negotiations

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Barack Obama under fire over $400,000 speaking gig

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Teacher's pet vs party girl: Macron and Le Pen's younger years

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Hissene Habré trial: Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad's ex-leader

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's first 100 days, Simpsons style

Read more

Africa

Ivorian president chosen as next head of ECOWAS

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-02-17

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara was chosen to serve as the next head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, at a summit on Friday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

AFP - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara was named the new head of West Africa's regional bloc, outgoing chief Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria announced Friday before the close of the body's summit.

"For the chairman of the authority we have also unanimously agreed that the President of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara," would take over, Jonathan said at a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja.

Ouattara's election for the rotating position in the 15-nation bloc marks the return to the regional stage of Ivory Coast, recently shaken by deadly violence sparked by a disputed election.

One year ago, Ouattara was largely confined to an Abidjan hotel by his political foe, ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, who had refused to accept defeat after a November 2010 vote.

Gbagbo's refusal to quit triggered conflict which left around 3,000 people dead before Ouattara took power. Gbagbo is now awaiting trial by the International Criminal Court, accused of crimes against humanity.

Ouattara had been the favourite to take the key job, which carries a one year mandate, from regional powerhouse Nigeria.

"Countries of the region feel they have invested a lot for Ivory Coast and see it as the culmination of their efforts," said a West African diplomat before the announcement.

He added the move was a way to "encourage reconciliation" in the world's top cocoa producing country.

Date created : 2012-02-17

  • IVORY COAST

    West African leaders deliver ultimatum to Gbagbo

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    West African bloc urges Gbagbo to cede power

    Read more

COMMENT(S)