18 June 2016
The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice elected Justice Jérôme Traoré from Burkina Faso as its new president on Saturday in Abuja.
The Court said in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja that Traore took over from Justice Maria Do Céu Silva who just served out her two-year tenure.
“Justice Traore, who becomes the first male President of the 15-year-old court, will serve a two-year term with other members of the bureau.
“The new president, who replaces Justice Maria, whose two-year term ends today, was until his election the Dean of the Court,” the statement said.
It added that Justice Micah Wright from Liberia and Justice Hameye Mahalmadane from Mali would now serve as the court’s vice-president and dean, respectively.
The newly-elected justices will be responsible for the Court’s programmes, while providing policy guidelines for its management.