Arab League chief says will not seek second term

AFP , Sunday 28 Feb 2016

Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby
Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby (File Photo: AFP)

Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby said Sunday he would not seek a second term as secretary general of the pan-Arab body after his present term ends in July.

Arabi, 80, took over as League chief from fellow Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa in 2011.

He had served as foreign minister in the Egyptian government that came to power after the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak earlier that year.

"I have asked the Egyptian government not to think about renewing my mandate," Araby told reporters at the League's headquarters in Cairo, adding that his present tenure would end in early July.

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.

Since becoming secretary general, Araby has had to manage a number of sensitive issues, including the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Libya, as well as the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

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