Arab League gives Aboul Gheit second five-year term

FILE PHOTO: Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit attends a meeting with Algeria's Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum (not pictured) in Algiers, Algeria February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian former foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit secured a second five-year term as secretary general of the Arab League on Wednesday.

The 22-member league is headquartered in Cairo and has been led predominantly by Egyptian diplomats since its foundation in 1945.

Aboul Gheit served as Egypt’s foreign minister during the final seven years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, leaving his post in 2011 after the uprising that toppled Mubarak.

Reporting by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Mark Heinrich