Arab League chief to run for Egyptian presidency

February 28th, 2011 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Feb 27 (IANS) Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has expressed his intention to run in Egypt’s next presidential election, Xinhua said, citing state TV.”I am intending to participate in the next presidential election, and I’ll announce this (officially) at a suitable time,” Moussa, an Egyptian citizen, said in a statement at the League headquarters Saturday.

Earlier this month, Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister, had said that he would resign from the position as chief of the pan-Arab organisation within weeks because he had new plans.

Moussa said that the next secretary general of the Arab League will be an Egyptian.

Egypt is currently being run by the military. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took the responsibility to run the country for a six-month transition period, after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down Feb 11 following 18 days of pro-democracy protests.

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