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Arab League chief Amr Moussa on Monday called for a peaceful transition “from an era to the other” in Egypt, the scene of deadly mass protests against veteran President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

“There has to be a peaceful way forward, a peaceful transition … from an era to the other,” Moussa told AFP. “It is incumbent upon politicians or people working in politics to help that process.”

Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister, is highly popular in his home country and has been mooted as a possible successor to Mubarak.

Asked whether he planned to resign his post as secretary general of the 22-member Arab League and enter Egyptian politics, he said his mandate would end in two months.

When pressed, he would only say: “I am not willing” to stand again as secretary general of the Cairo-based organization.cna

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