ECOWAS appoints Yayi Boni as mediator

Ex- President Boni Yayi

President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed former Beninese President, Thomas Yayi Boni as its new mediator for the transition in Guinea.

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission, made the announcement at a news conference on Sunday.

The news conference was to conclude the 61st Ordinary Session of the authority of ECOWAS heads of state and government in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Boni would replace Ghanaian diplomat Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who stepped down as the ECOWAS mediator.

“Chambas announced his decision to step down voluntarily as the mediator to the authority of heads of state during the ordinary session.

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“The heads of state accepted his decision and decided to appoint Yayi Boni as the new mediator,’’ Brou said.

He said the heads of state expected the new mediator to guide the Guinean authorities to draw a new transitional calendar by the end of July.

“They have to present their new transitional timetable for the return to constitutional order to ECOWAS by the end of July or risk further sanctions.

“In the meantime, the existing sanctions

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