29 Jun '18, 2pm

#Portugal's Vitorino elected head of UN migration agency IOM @UNmigration

GENEVA (AFP) - Portuguese politician and former EU commissioner Antonio Vitorino was elected on Friday (June 29) to become the next director general of the United Nations migration agency, after member states snubbed US President Donald Trump's pick for the post. "Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of IOM," the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) tweeted after a closed-door election process that lasted nearly five hours. The pick marks a stunning repudiation of historic American control of the organisation: IOM has been led by an American throughout the agency's 67-year history with one exception from 1961 to 1969. But Trump's nominee Ken Isaacs, an executive with the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse who faced serious charges of anti-Muslim bigotry, proved to be an untenable choice. Isaacs was eliminated after three r...

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