President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country for Abuja, Nigeria, to attend the 50th Heads of State Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf as Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government will bring colleagues up to date on recent ECOWAS mediation intervention in The Gambia where she was accompanied by President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Nigerian
President Muhammadu Buhari and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. They held consultations in Banjul on Tuesday, December 13, to support the ongoing process of democracy following Presidential elections the results of which were at first accepted by President Yahya Jammeh and later rejected by him.
She will also brief her counterparts on her two-day working visit to the ECOWAS Commission, Parliament and the ECOWAS Community Court and report progress on the ongoing mediation into the political crisis in Guinea Bissau.
Meanwhile, during President Sirleaf’s absence from the country from December 15 to 18, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue will serve as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in telephone conversation with the President.