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Nigeria’s Sen. Barau emerges acting Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament

Barau, who is the leader of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, emerged during the inaugural session of the assembly held in Abuja on Thursday.

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Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin emerged on Thursday in Abuja as acting Speaker of the sixth legislature of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Barau, who is the leader of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, emerged during the inaugural session of the assembly held in Abuja on Thursday.

Rep. Awaji-Inombek D. Abiante first nominated the Deputy Senate President as the 1st Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, and Senator Ireti Kingibe seconded the nomination, according to a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Ismail Mudashir.

In accordance with the rotational system established by Decision A/DEC. 6/06/06 of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, the Speakership of the Sixth Legislature of the sub-regional body was zoned to the Republic of Togo.

However, during the inauguration of the Sixth Legislature of the ECOWAS, the delegation of the Republic of Togo was not present; hence, a Speaker Pro-tempore, Edwin Snowe, a Liberian, was elected.

Snowe presided over the inaugural session of the Parliament, including the election of the four deputy speakers.

He said in order not to create a vacuum, Barau, as the first Deputy Speaker, will act as the Speaker of the Parliament pending when the Togolese delegation is inaugurated

 

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