Algerian diplomat to take over from Kofi Annan

Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will be replacing Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria. Annan announced earlier this months he would step at the end of August after six months citing frustration over the mediation process and calling on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Reuters is reporting that Brahimi agreed to take the job but has an amended title and a new approach to the 17-month-old conflict. Annan has previously said that his peace plan for Syria fell apart due to a divided UN Security Council.

It’s unclear when an official announcement will be made.

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