Top Qatari diplomat to be nominated as Arab League chief

Sources claim Qatar will put forward Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al Attiyah for top job
Top Qatari diplomat to be nominated as Arab League chief
Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al Attiyah
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Tue 05 Apr 2011 01:40 PM

Qatar
is planning to nominate one of its top diplomats to become the next Arab League
Secretary General, it was reported on Tuesday.

The
Gulf state will propose that Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al Attiyah replace the
outgoing Egyptian Amr Moussa, The Press Association has said, quoting an
unnamed source from the Arab League. 

Official
nominations have yet to be announced, said the newswire. Moussa, whose tenure
at the Arab League is due to end May 15, plans to run in Egypt’s presidential
election following a wave of popular uprisings that forced Hosni Mubarak to
resign in February.

Al Attiyah
headed the Gulf Cooperation Council until Friday, when his term expired.

The
post of Secretary General of the Arab League has always been filled by an
Egyptian national. The only exception has been when its headquarters were moved
to Tunisia in 1990 and Tunisian diplomat Shazili Al Qulaiby took over for a
period of one year.

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