Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, said he will run for president in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, according to Al-Arabia TV.

Moussa will quit his job at the Arab league in March and then devote himself to his campaign, which, he said, will focus on the principles of law, democracy and human rights.

Earlier, he told the leaders of the Arab world that the political turmoil they are witnessing is largely the result of decaying economic opportunities in the region

At an economic summit that took place in Egypt last month (prior to Mubarak's fall), Moussa said the Arab soul is broken by poverty, unemployment and general recession. This is in the mind of all of us. The Arab citizen entered an unprecedented state of anger and frustration.

Moussa, 74, has had a long career as an Egyptian diplomat. In 1990, he became Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations. From 1991 to 2001, he served as Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under Mubarak. He has been the boss of the Arab League since 2001.