U.N. chief appoints Mauritanian diplomat as new Yemen envoy

April 25, 2015 4:57 PM

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a Mauritanian diplomat on Saturday as his envoy to Yemen, charged with trying to broker peace in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Ban notified the U.N. Security Council on Thursday of his intention to appoint Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to replace Jamal Benomar, a Moroccan diplomat who brokered a 2011 transition aimed at quelling political turmoil in Yemen.

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