South Korean Kim Jong-yang elected as Interpol president

Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as their new president, defeating a controversial Russian candidate with ties to the Kremlin.

Mr. Kim was elected for a two-year term at the annual General Assembly, which is being held in Dubai this year. He has been acting Interpol president since the arrest of his predecessor this year.

Mr. Kim won 60.5 percent of the vote, winning 98 votes to Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk’s 64 votes.

An Emirati police officer was also elected to the executive council of Interpol, thought to be the first appointment of its kind.

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted his congratulations to the police officer, praising the country’s contribution to the international community.

A Russian official was expected to be elected as president, but concerns by some over the nominee’s closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin led to strong opposition to the nomination.

Mr. Prokopchuk, a general in the Russian interior ministry, was one of two nominees for the role.

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