Amr Moussa Quits Arab League Job
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, often known for his outspoken nature, said Friday that he would be leaving his position at the Arab organization "within weeks," according to Egyptian state TV.
The then-secretary general dubbed Friday's events in Cairo as a "white revolution" and welcomed Mubarak's resignation before announcing his own stepping down. Moussa made no clear indication whether or not he wants to run for president, though he has been pegged by many as a frontrunner for the upcoming elections.
"This is not the time to talk about that," Moussa told Al-Arabiya television. "As an Egyptian citizen, I am proud to serve my country with all the others at this stage, to build a consensus of opinion."
Before assuming the lead role of the Arab League almost ten years ago, Moussa served as Egyptian foreign minister. During his transition, many media outlets and officials speculated that Mubarak was sponsoring Moussa's rise to the Arab League to get rid of a possible presidential opponent.
As early as a week ago, UN officials began discussing Moussa as the best alternative for the presidency if and when Mubarak stepped down.
So far, no one from the Obama administration has commented on Moussa's possible run for the new leadership slot in Egypt. Former officials were also cautious to comment.
"At least he is better than ElBaradei," Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said.