(4 Jun 2016) The 49th conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened in Dakar on Saturday.
The one-year term of Senegalese President Macky Sall at the head of the West African regional organisation officially ends at the summit.
During the conference, Marcel de Souza officially took office as chairman of the ECOWAS Commission for the next two years.
In his opening address, Sall said the terrorist threat remained a concern in the sub-region, although he said there was no presence of Islamic State in West Africa.
Sall also called on all politicians in Guinea Bissau to exercise caution to preserve democracy in the country.
On Thursday, Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz formed a new governmental team led by Prime Minister Baciro Dja, whose appointment is contested by the majority party, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).
The former Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, Domingos Simoes Pereira, arrived at the summit in Dakar on Saturday.
Pereira said he was there to ensure that the ECOWAS leaders were aware of the situation in Guinea Bissau.
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