Amr Moussa Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Amr Moussa, Egyptian diplomat, ambassador, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Personal:
Birth date:
October 3, 1936

Birth place: Cairo, Egypt

Father: Muhammad Moussa

Marriage: Laila (Badawy) Moussa, 1968-present

Children: Hazem Moussa; Hania Moussa

Education: Cairo University, L.L.B., 1957

    Timeline:
    1958 -
    Begins career as a civil servant with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    1958-1972 - Works in several different governmental departments including Egypt's missions to the United Nations.

    1974-1977 - Assistant to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    1977-1981 - Director of the Department of International Organizations in Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    1981-1983 - Alternate Egyptian representative to the United Nations.

    1983-1986 - Egyptian Ambassador to India.

    1986-1990 - Director of the Department of International Organizations in Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    1990-1991 - Permanent representative of Egypt to the United Nations.

    1991-2001 - Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    2001-2011 - Sixth Secretary General of the League of Arab States.

    June 13, 2010 - Moussa meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza, the first senior Arab leader to visit Gaza since 2006.

    February 4, 2011 - Moussa participates in demonstrations in Cairo seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak. On a French radio station, he hints at presidential aspirations by saying, "I am available to my country. I am ready to serve as a citizen who is entitled to be a candidate."

    February 27, 2011 - Announces that he will run for president.

    June 2011-May 2012 - Egyptian presidential candidate.

    May 23- 24, 2012 - Loses the presidential election as the majority of votes for president are cast for Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, forcing a runoff election between the two in June.

    June 24, 2012 - Egypt's national elections commission announces that Morsy has defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in presidential run-off elections with 51.7% of the vote. Moussa asks the president "to head an emergency government of technocrats" for six to 12 months, according to state-run news agency MENA.

    December 2012 - CNN reports on the recent formation of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of several liberal parties and prominent political figures including Amr Moussa, Hamdeen Sabbahi, Mohamed ElBaradei and Usama Ghazali Harb.

    March 2013 - Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Moussa and others in Egypt while on his first overseas trip since he became secretary.