Sources: Mubarak’s Arab League candidate fell with ousted regime

The candidate chosen by ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for the post of Secretary General of the League of Arab States fell along with the topped regime, according to Arab diplomatic sources.

The sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm, “The former Egyptian Minister Mufid Shehab is no longer Egypt’s candidate to fill the post, in place of the current Secretary General Amr Moussa, whose term expires on 15 May.”

The sources pointed out that Shehab, the former Minister of State, was nominated by the “Mubarak regime” before his departure and that the new Egyptian government has not raised the issue with any Arab state or consulted with them on nominating Shehab for the post.

The sources went on to say that any news regarding the ongoing nomination of Shehab for the post is untrue and does not take into account the changes that have taken place in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution. The sources added that the new government is yet to settle on a candidate to replace Moussa and that it would be discussing the issue shortly.

The sources also said that the Arab League has not yet been informed of nominees for the position, whether from Egypt or from other Arab states.

The General Secretariat of the Arab League sent a memorandum last month to the delegates of Arab countries belonging to the league. The message informed them that the position of secretary general would be vacant from 15 May and called for countries to present their nominees.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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