Numan, a former parliament speaker and a member of the Yemeni Socialist Party, will be proposed by the Yemeni government as a successor to Musa, an ex-Egyptian foreign minister whose term ends in May 2006, the source told AFP. on Saturday

"As a founder member of the Arab League, Yemen is entitled to seek the post of secretary-general," the source said.

Numan's candidacy would also be in line with moves towards reforming the Arab League to make the 22-member body more in tune with the aspirations of the Arab people and regional and international changes, the Yemeni source added.