Egypt proposes Mubarak’s foreign minister to head Arab League

The Arab League said Monday Egypt has presented Ahmed Abul Gheit, ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s last foreign minister, as its candidate to head the pan-Arab body after its present chief declined a second term.

In February, the secretary general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, 80, announced that he would not seek a second term after his current one ends in July.

“The Arab League has been officially notified by Egypt that its candidate for the post of secretary general is foreign minister Ahmed Abul Gheit,” said Ahmed Ben Helli, the deputy chief of the Cairo-based League.

He told reporters that only Egypt so far had presented its candidate to head the Arab diplomatic body.

Traditionally, the secretary general of Arab League has held the post for two terms, and Cairo has always insisted that it be held by an Egyptian diplomat.

Arab League foreign ministers will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the candidacy of Abul Gheit, 74

Source: EMM