Bulgaria 'Mulls Options to Have 2 UN Top Job Nominees'

Politics » DIPLOMACY | September 13, 2016, Tuesday // 11:00
Bulgaria: Bulgaria 'Mulls Options to Have 2 UN Top Job Nominees' File photo, EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria might abandon the idea to resort to EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva as a new UN Secretary General nomination, proposing her alongside current nominee Irina Bokova instead, news website Mediapool.bg reports, citing "sources".

The option to have two nominees is being discussed "at the highest level", with one of the sources being quoted as saying: "I won't be surprised if our country has two nominations."

Harsh rhetoric exchanged between Berlin and Moscow, amid reports German Chancellor Merkel sought to forge opinions in Moscow about possible support fro Georgieva, might be the reason for the expected U-turn.

Mediapool was the first media outlet to report the government considered the reshuffle over the weekend, after information emerged that several Eastern European countries were considering whether or not to nominate Georgieva as a late entry.

Bokova, the UNESCO Director General, ranked average (5th) in the last informal vote at the UN Security Council.

She has not commented on the reports.

But typically a candidate has to withdraw before the country that nominated them puts forward another one.

Sources who maintain a nomination of Georgieva could be announced as early as Tuesday have insisted the decision could be taken at the cabinet meeting scheduled for this morning.

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