Egyptian Diplomat to Become Head of Arab League

The 22-member Arab League on Thursday chose veteran Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Aboul-Gheit as its secretary general.

Aboul-Gheit, a former ambassador to the United Nations who also served as foreign minister under Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak, will replace Nabil El-Araby, who said last month that he would not seek another term as secretary general after his current one ends in July.

Aboul-Gheit will take office at a time when the Cairo-based Arab League is facing several tests of its unity.

Syria is marking the fifth anniversary of the start of its devastating civil war; regional proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran are on full display; and the battle against Islamic State is raging in several Arab countries.

Divisions have weakened the Arab League since the 2011 uprisings that toppled three longtime autocratic rulers.

Source: Voice of America

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