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Visiting Prez Gnassingbe lauds Prez Sirleaf

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Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe
Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe

( 6, 2015)-Visiting Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, has lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her personal leadership role demonstrated in steering the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

President Gnassingbe also praised the Liberian people for uniting in the fight against the epidemic.

The Togolese President made the commendations Friday, February 6, 2015 when he met with the Liberian Leader at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.

President Gnassingbe, also ECOWAS Coordinator for Response to the Ebola Crisis, said: “There is a need for a coordinating structure to kick the disease out of the Sub-Region.

Earlier, President Johnson-Sirleaf expressed gratitude to ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) for their support to the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

She recounted the difficulty the Liberian people were faced with between July and October, when the Ebola outbreak was on the increase.

The Liberian Leader also noted: “With the support of ECOWAS and the AU, the Ebola pandemic has considerably subsided and Liberians are now hopeful of resuming the country’s development activities.”

While in the country, the Togolese President held discussions with other Senior Government Officials on other national issues.  Prior to their meeting Friday, the two West African leaders addressed a brief press conference in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Early Friday, the Togolese President, at the head of a 4-man delegation, arrived in Liberia via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) for a solidarity Stopover in the country.

President Gnassingbe, along with delegation, is on a regional tour of the three worst-affected Ebola countries, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Prior to their meeting, the two West African leaders addressed a brief press conference in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the end of the visit, President Gnassingbe and delegation left Liberia for neighboring Sierra Leone to hold similar Sub-Regional talks with his Sierra Leonean Counterpart, Earnest Bai Koroma.

Since its outbreak in West Africa, the Ebola virus has killed nearly 9,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The 49 year old politician is son of former Togolese President, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, and has been at the helm of power in Togo since May 4, 2005.

Faure Gnassingbe became Togo’s President, following his victory in the country’s April 24, 2005 presidential election. Upon the death of his father (Eyadéma) in 2005, Gnassingbé was immediately inaugurated as President of Togo, with support from the army.

Doubts regarding the constitutional legitimacy of the succession and heavy regional pressure prompted President Eyadéma to resign earlier 2005.


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