Afenyo-Markin Appointed as 3rd Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament

Report by Pearl Amoako-07/04/2024

Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, has been appointed as the 3rd Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, showcasing his expertise in both national and regional parliamentary affairs.

During the inauguration ceremony of the 6th ECOWAS Parliament on April 4, 2024, the reintegration of Guinea into the community was a significant development, indicating progress towards stability following the country’s political turmoil. However, the absence of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso at the event highlighted a division within the region.

The Republic of Togo, responsible for nominating the Speaker for the 6th Parliament, has not yet announced its candidates, leading to the interim appointment of Sidie Mohamed Tunis as the ceremonial Speaker. This delay is due to the postponement of parliamentary elections in Togo.

The Deputy Speakers of the 6th ECOWAS Parliament include Barau Jibrin of Nigeria, Adjaratou Coulibaly of Ivory Coast, and Billay G. Tunkara of The Gambia, holding the 1st, 2nd, and 4th positions respectively. The selection process for Deputy Speakers was competitive, with Cabo Verde’s bid falling short due to financial issues with the ECOWAS, echoing challenges faced during the previous Parliament.

Member states have expressed concerns about financial contributions and their impact on governance, raising questions about the sustainability of regional cooperation. The newly elected representatives of the 6th ECOWAS Parliament face the crucial task of addressing regional challenges and advancing the collective interests of member countries in the midst of complex political and economic circumstances across the region.

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