Guinean diplomat is chosen as new UN envoy for Central Africa

Guinean diplomat is chosen as new UN envoy for Central Africa

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has chosen Guinean diplomat Francois Lounceny Fall as his new representative for Central Africa.

The new envoy will take over from Abdoulaye Bathily in early November.

Mr Bathily, a Senegalese academic turned politician and then diplomat, handed in his resignation to Mr Ban, saying he wants to focus on his bid for the chair of the African Union Commission.

The UN representative for Central Africa is based in Libreville, Gabon, and is the secretary general’s spokesperson on issues relevant to the region.

The new envoy, Mr Fall, is a Guinean diplomat and politician. He briefly served as Prime Minister of Guinea from February 23, 2004 to April 30, 2004, under President Lansana Conté.

Later, under President Alpha Condé, he was Secretary-General of the Presidency from December 2010 to October 2012 and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from October 2012 to January 2016.

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