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Libyan Diplomat Elected Next UN General Assembly President

6/10/2009 6:32 PM ET

Ali Abdessalam Treki, Libya's minister for AU affairs, was elected as the president of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly at a plenary meeting of the 192-member body on Wednesday.

Treki, whose candidacy was supported by the 53-nation African Union, was elected by acclamation at the plenary meeting.

He will replace the current UN General Assembly president, Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, when the next assembly session convenes on Sept. 15.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Treki on his election as the President of the upcoming session of the General Assembly, saying that his "wide-ranging diplomatic experience will be invaluable as he presides over the General Assembly."

"UN reform, in all its various aspects, especially reforming the Security Council and revitalization of the General Assembly, must continue to be one of our priorities. We should make every effort to achieve it as soon as possible," Triki, who served three times as his country's UN ambassador, said in his acceptance speech.

The post of assembly president, which rotates annually among the world's five regions, is mostly ceremonial. This year it was Africa's turn to name the president.

by RTT Staff Writer

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