Egypt wants Kuwait support for Arab League position

April 30, 2011

Egypt has asked Kuwait to vote for its candidate for the position of the secretary general of the Arab League, Kuwaiti media reported on Wednesday.

Amr Mousa, the incumbent secretary general, said that he would be quitting next month to run in the presidential elections in Egypt staked for later this year.

Qatar has presented the candidacy of the former Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdul Rahman Al Atiyyah.

However, Egypt, which has held the position since the formation of the Arab League, except for a short period of time when the headquarters were transferred to Tunisia in 1979, has nominated Mustfa Al Faqi to replace Amr Mousa.

None of the Arab League members has yet divulged its choice for the next head and both Doha and Cairo are seeking support.

The summit to choose the new secretary general was scheduled to be held in Baghdad in May, but following the refusal of the GCC leaders to attend it, the Arab League has decided to postpone it.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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