South Korean Kim Jong-yang Elected Next President of Interpol
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.