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Egypt FM Named New Arab League Chief

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TEHRAN, May 16 (ICANA) – After a last minute change of candidates, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil el-Aaraby was elected the new secretary-general of the Arab League.
Monday, May 16, 2011 1:39:00 PM
Egypt FM Named New Arab League Chief

He will succeed Amr Moussa whose term ends on May 15.

Egypt had initially nominated former parliamentarian Mustafa el-Fiqi, but withdrew the nomination after facing strong opposition from Arab countries.

Usually the secretary general is agreed upon in advance, but this year Egypt and Qatar both nominated candidates. In response to Egypt's last change, Qatar withdrew its candidate; Abdel Rahman al-Atiya, the incumbent foreign minister.

The meeting was moderated by the foreign minister of Oman and in the absence of his Syrian counterpart.

El-Araby said he didn't expect to be nominated or elected. But he thanked Qatar for withdrawing its candidate and Amr Moussa for his services.

The body's secretary general has customarily been an Egyptian, except when the organisation's headquarters moved to Tunis, headed by Tunisian Chedli Klibi.

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