He was born on 3 October 1936 in Cairo
, the son of former parliamentarian Muhammad Moussa. His father also had a son named Pierre during his studies in France in the 1920s. However, Moussa's half-brother Pierre is a French citizen
and has no ties to Egypt.
Moussa has been heavily involved with Egypt's foreign policy
since 1958. He was Egypt's ambassador to the United Nations, India, and Switzerland for a total of 21 years. Moussa was among the many Arab and international diplomats who tried to resolve the Lebanese Civil War
(1975–1990). After serving as Egypt's Foreign Minister from 1991 to 2001, he served as the Secretary General of the Arab League.
Moussa has been an extremely popular political figure in Egypt due to his criticism of Israeli policies towards Gaza and the West Bank.
At the Forum for New Diplomacy
in February 2010, Moussa gave a speech in which he criticized the U.S. government's double standard supporting Israel's nuclear weapons policy but not allowing Iran to pursue nuclear energy. He also criticized Western countries, including the U.S., for not recognizing the results of the 2006 Palestinian election
that brought Hamas
Like Mohamed El-Baradei
and the Muslim Brotherhood
, he supports opening the Gaza Strip
His criticisms have made Moussa extremely popular.
Secretary-General of the Arab League
On 2003, he became a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change for International Peace and Security.
On 2009, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the Holy See
and met with Pope Benedict XVI
in order to strengthen joint projects and to promote peace and dialogue on a cultural and political level.
On 13 June 2010, Moussa visited Gaza
in a move to pressure Israel to lift its economic blockade
over Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The visit by Moussa was the first by an official of the Arab League since the election of Hamas in 2007. Immediately after the Gaza flotilla raid
, Moussa said the Arab League would go to the UN Security Council
to demand the blockade be lifted. On 15 May 2011, Nabil Elaraby
was elected as Secretary-General of the Arab League and succeeded Moussa on 1 July 2011.
Possible presidential candidacies
2005 presidential election
In 2004 an online community gathered tens of thousands of signatures petitioning for Moussa to run in the 2005 elections, but there was no response. In a Doha Debate
Forum televised by the BBC in 2006,
Moussa was asked about his presidential hopes. Moussa merely replied that he hoped to continue the recent run of successes that have occurred under his leadership at the Arab League until the end of his term.
2012 presidential election
When asked in October 2009 about rumours that he might run for the presidency in 2012, Moussa did not deny his intention to run for office or rule it out, leaving the door open to speculations. He argued that "It's the right of every citizen that has the capacity and efficiency to aspire to any political office that would allow him to contribute to the service of his nation".
He further stated to the press that the qualities required to be the President of Egypt also apply to Gamal Mubarak
, son of Hosni Mubarak.
He also expressed appreciation "for the confidence expressed by many people when they talk about his candidacy for the presidency and that the message reached him".
Moussa held talks with Mohamed El-Baradei after his return to Egypt. Many[who?]
speculate that this meeting was held to discuss Constitutional reforms that will allow transparency in the election process as well as lifting restrictions on independent candidates. On 26 January 2011, at the Annual Horasis meeting in Zurich
, Moussa shared strong views on the need for economic and political reforms in Egypt, and made it clear that he was considering a run.
On 1 February 2011, following the announcement by President Hosni Mubarak that he would not stand in the upcoming presidential elections, Moussa told CNN that he would seriously think about standing himself as a candidate in the next few weeks.
On the 8 February broadcast of Al Jazeera
English's Empire, well-connected American journalist Seymour Hersh
stated that Moussa was considered the U.S.'s favored "Plan B" should Mubarak resign, "whether he knows it or not."
On 11 February 2011, Al Jazeera English Online read from a Reuters report that stated Moussa was resigning from his position with the Arab League; on the day that President Mubarak resigned the presidency this furthered rumours he might make a strong bid for president when elections are announced in Egypt.
On 12 February 2011, the Egyptian daily newspaper Alwafd
reported that a group of Egyptian youth met with Moussa to discuss a possible nomination for the presidential election. Moussa reportedly agreed to the nomination, but stated that he would await the currently proposed constitutional reforms.
Amr Moussa announced that he would be running as a presidential candidate on 1 March 2011.
A poll conducted during the 2011 protests asking "who do you think should be the next President of Egypt?" showed Moussa in the lead, with 26% of respondents naming him.
Moussa placed fifth in the election with 11.13% of the first round vote. After the election, he formed the Conference Party
with which a number of smaller opposition parties aligned.
Although credited with shaking up the Arab League's bureaucracy,
Moussa has been criticized by former and current staff members of the Arab League for his management of the organization. In his book, The League of the Arab States: what’s left of it
, former Arab League and Syrian diplomat Kawkab Najib El Rayess accused Moussa of favoritism and promoting his loyalists into the high ranks of the Arab League at the expense of the more-qualified diplomats.
Egyptian national honours
(in Arabic) Memoirs. 1: The Formation and the years of Diplomacy
(كتابية : النشأة و سنوات الدبلوماسية
), ed. Dar al-Chorouq, Cairo, 2017
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