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EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva enters race for post of UN chief

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 EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday entered the race to be the next UN secretary general after Bulgaria nominated her as its second candidate Reports say that there had been speculation for weeks that Georgieva would be nominated Bulgaria s initial candidate UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova was considered a strong contender but then placed sixth in a recent round of secret polling Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that they gave her a last chance adding that she will be the more successful candidacy However critics considered Bokova to be too Russia friendly Georgieva 63 is among the European Commission s longest serving members She currently is the vice president overseeing issues relating to the EU s budget after having been in charge from 2010 to 2014 of humanitarian aid and international cooperation According to commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas she is one of their best commissioners Georgieva will take an unpaid leave of absence from the EU s executive in October to campaign for the UN top post During this period Kristalina Georgieva and the European Commission will ensure a strict separation between activities relating to her candidacy and her work as member of the college of EU commissioners Schinas added Bulgaria believed that under unwritten UN rules it should be an eastern European that replaces UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who will leave at the end of this year after serving two terms So far former Portuguese prime minister and ex UN high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres has topped the polling Edited by Oluleye Abiodun Julius Enehikhuere NAN
EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva enters race for post of UN chief

1 EU Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday, entered the race to be the next UN secretary- general, after Bulgaria nominated her as its second candidate.

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2 Reports say that there had been speculation for weeks that Georgieva would be nominated.

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3 Bulgaria’s initial candidate, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, was considered a strong contender, but then placed sixth in a recent round of secret polling.

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Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that they gave her a last chance, adding that she will be the more successful candidacy.

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However critics considered Bokova to be too Russia-friendly.

6 Georgieva, 63, is among the European Commission’s longest-serving members.

7 She currently is the vice president overseeing issues relating to the EU’s budget, after having been in charge from 2010 to 2014 of humanitarian aid and international cooperation.

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According to commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas, she is one of their best commissioners.

9 “Georgieva will take an unpaid leave of absence from the EU’s executive in October to campaign for the UN top post.

“During this period, Kristalina Georgieva and the European Commission will ensure a strict separation between activities relating to her candidacy and her work as member of the college of EU commissioners,’’ Schinas added.

Bulgaria believed that under unwritten UN rules, it should be an eastern European that replaces UN Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon, who will leave at the end of this year after serving two terms.

So far, former Portuguese prime minister and ex-UN high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres has topped the polling.


(Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/Julius Enehikhuere)
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