The secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Madani has resigned.

The general secretariat of the OIC said in a statement that Madani’s resignation was based on health reasons.

Saudi Arabia has proposed Yousuf Al-Othaimeen, former minister of Social affairs, as the new secretary general of body.

Madani succeeded Turkish national, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in January 2014 as the 10th chief of the 56-member grouping of the Islamic world.

Madani was born in Mecca in April 1946.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in production administration, which he obtained from Arizona State University in 1969.

Yousuf Al-Othaimeen previously worked as Secretary General of the King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Foundation for Housing Development; and General Manager of the Charity Committee for Orphans Care (Ensan) in Riyadh.

He holds a PhD in sociology, major in Social Welfare, from the American University in the United States. Prior to that, he received Masters of Sociology from the University of Ohio in 1982, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of King Saud with First Class Honours.

He also served as board member of the Social Charity Fund; and the Board of Trustees of the Prince Salman Centre for Disability Research, in addition to his chairmanship of the Government Disabled Services Coordination Committee.

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