ABUL GHEIT: MUBARAK AIDE RETURNS AS TOP ARAB DIPLOMAT

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CAIRO: Ahmed Abul Gheit, who was elected Thursday as secretary general of the Arab League, served as Egypt’s last foreign minister under Hosni Mubarak until the longtime autocrat’s overthrow in 2011. The veteran diplomat is still mocked for saying “Egypt is not Tunisia,” just days before the anti-Mubarak revolt erupted on January 25, 2011 after the fall of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the start of the Arab Spring uprising. But a day before Mubarak stepped down on February 11 that year amid mass protests in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, Abul Gheit came back on that remark in a television interview.

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