Qatar to nominate diplomat for Arab League chief

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CAIRO: Qatar plans to propose one of its top diplomats to the post of Arab League secretary-general to replace outgoing Egyptian Amr Moussa.

Moussa, whose tenure ends May 15, plans to run in Egypt’s presidential election that are expected later this year after a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.

An Arab diplomat at the League said on Monday that Qatar wants Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah to head the league.

The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity since official nominations have not yet been announced.

Al-Attiyah served as chief of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council until Friday, when his term expired and the position was taken over by Bahrain’s Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

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