The United Nations General Assembly has elected Libya's minister to the African Union as its next president.
Ali Abdussalam Treki was named president of the 192-member U.N. body
Wednesday. He will preside over the General Assembly's 64th session
beginning in September, when he replaces Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of
Treki, an experienced Libyan diplomat, has served three times as the
country's ambassador to the United Nations. He has also served as
Libya has been seeking reconciliation with Europe and the United States
since renouncing terrorism and nuclear weapons in 2003. Western
governments began lifting sanctions against Libya a year later.
In January, Libya held the one-month rotating presidency of the U.N.
Security Council. Tripoli is a non-permanent member of the Security
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is currently chairman of the African Union.