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Egypt Names Ex-Mubarak Aid to Head AL

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TEHRAN, April 12 (ICANA) – Egypt has nominated a former member of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party for the post of the secretary general of the Arab League.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:28:08 AM
Egypt Names Ex-Mubarak Aid to Head AL

In a statement released Monday, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil al-Arabi declared that he is confident Mostafa el-Fekki "has enough competence to fill the league's top post," a Press TV correspondent reported.

If elected by Arab League's member states, Fekki will replace the current Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, also an Egyptian.

The Arab League is scheduled to choose its new secretary general in May, but Moussa has said he will not re-run for the prestigious post due to plans to run for president in Egypt's next presidential election.

Moussa has been the Secretary-General of the Arab League since 2001. He served as Egypt's foreign minister under Mubarak's rule from 1991 to 2001.

The 66-year-old Fekki served as information assistant to Mubarak from 1985 to 1992.

He also chaired the Arab Affairs Committee in the dissolved Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament.

In 2005 parliamentary elections, monitors reported that el-Fekki won his seat in the Nile delta city of Damanhour by fraud.

A former member of the National Democratic Party, he resigned from the party only after Egypt's revolution that forced Mubarak to step down back in February.

The Arab League, officially called the League of Arab States is a regional organization of Arab states in North and Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia (Middle East). It was formed in Cairo on 22 March 1945. The Arab League currently has 22 members and four observers.

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