Spanish diplomat Bernardino Leon was tapped Thursday to be the U.N. secretary-general's new special representative for Libya.

Leon will replace Lebanon's Tarek Mitri, who had occupied the post since October 2012, according U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric's announcement to reporters on Thursday.

In addition to being the special representative, the Spanish diplomat will head the U.N. Support Mission in Libya starting Sept. 1.

The U.N. spokesman's office emphasized in a communique that Leon will bring "many years of political and diplomatic experience both in the Spanish government as well as in the European Union" to the post.

Recently, he served as the EU's special representative in Libya and prior to that he was the EU's special representative for the southern Mediterranean.

In the Spanish government, among other posts, he served as chief of staff in the prime minister's office from 2008 to 2011 and as deputy foreign minister.

Leon, 49, has been a diplomat since 1989 and has served in Spain's embassies in Liberia, Algeria and Greece, among other official posts.

He has also carried out various special missions in Sub-Saharan Africa. EFE