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Liberia becomes Judge-2 on ECOWAS Court of Justice

By Edward Kennedy
The ECOWAS  House in Abuja
The ECOWAS House in Abuja

( has been named to head the Judge-Two position on following ECOWAS Leaders’ approval of a 15-member Commission and other institutions.

The country has been named to the position of Vice President of the 15-member ECOWAS Commission, and to the position of Judge-2 of the Community’s Court of Justice.

The move is in accordance with the new structure and in line with ECOWAS Leaders’ agreement in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire in February, 2013 under the ongoing institutional reform.

Former Foreign Minister, Dr. Toga McIntosh, currently serves as Vice President.

The Liberian Government is expected to nominate a candidate for the position of Judge 2. The new-look Commission has non-renewable four-year tenure.

The expansion, which follows the transformation of ECOWAS from an Executive Secretariat to a Commission in 2007, seeks to ensure impartiality and a sense of belonging among the member states of the Community, organized in 1975 to facilitate economic development and integration.

According to a dispatch, the decisions were contained in a communiqué at the end of the Forty-Third Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at the head of a high-powered Liberian delegation, attended the two-day Summit.


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