OIC Secretary-General Iyad Madani resigns citing health reasons

The world's largest pan-Islamic body said its Saudi chief resigned days after making a remark that mocked President Sisi

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The Saudi secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resigned on Monday for health reasons, according to a statement from the organization.

“Secretary-General Iyad Madani has resigned for health reasons,” said the statement, stating that Saudi Arabia had nominated Yusuf al-Othaimeen, a former minister of social affairs, as Madani’s replacement.

Egypt announced support for the nomination of Dr. Yusuf Bin Ahmed al-Othaimeen as the new secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

His resignation comes as Egypt criticized Madani days earlier after he confused the Tunisian president's name with that of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, then said: "I am sure your fridge has more than water."

El-Sissi earlier had claimed that for a decade his fridge had nothing but water, in a message to Egyptians to bear harsh economic conditions.

The 57-nation OIC is the largest body of Islamic nations.

*An Arabic version of this article can be found at AlArabiya.Net