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Secretary-General appoints former Lebanese minister as new head of UN mission in Libya

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 12 September 2012
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Tarek Mitri of Lebanon as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), according to the UN chief's spokesperson.

Mr. Mitri will succeed Ian Martin who will complete his assignment on 14 October this year.

"The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Martin for his dedicated service during his tenure in UNSMIL over the past year," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in a statement.

Mr. Mitri hails from an academic background and held several ministerial portfolios with the Government of Lebanon between 2005 and 2011.

Most recently, Mr. Mitri held the UN EducationaIn July, some 2.7 million Libyans headed to the polls to vote for members of the North African country's new National Congress.l, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Dialogue at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, and served as a Senior Fellow at the Fares Center for Public Policy and International Affairs of the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining the Lebanese Government, Mr. Mitri also spent time working with the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Middle East Council of Churches.

In July, some 2.7 million Libyans headed to the polls to vote for members of the North African country's new National Congress. Over 3,000 candidates ran for office, including more than 600 women. The election was conducted in a largely peaceful manner, receiving praise from international observers and the Security Council.

The polls were the first free elections in decades in Libya, where Muammar al-Qadhafi ruled for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.

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