South Korean Kim Jong-yang Elected Next Pres­i­dent of In­ter­pol

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In­ter­na­tional po­lice body In­ter­pol elected Kim Jong-yang of South Korea as pres­i­dent last fort­night; beat­ing a Rus­sian na­tional whose can­di­dacy had raised con­cerns in Europe and the US about the risk of Krem­lin in­ter­fer­ence. Rus­sia said clear out­side pres­sure had been ex­erted on the vote but it did not dis­pute the vot­ing process. In­ter­pol mem­ber states, meet­ing in Dubai for their an­nual congress, elected Kim to suc­ceed China’s Meng Hong­wei, who dis­ap­peared in Septem­ber and later re­signed af­ter Chi­nese author­i­ties said he was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected bribery. In­ter­pol, whose role is to fa­cil­i­tate co­op­er­a­tion be­tween po­lice forces around the world, said on Twit­ter that Kim, who had been serv­ing as act­ing pres­i­dent, had been elected for a two-year term. The pres­i­dency, a largely cer­e­mo­nial role, is typ­i­cally held for four years. Kim, 57, worked in the South Korean po­lice for more than 20 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2015.

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