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In surprise vote, Interpol picks South Korean for next president

The world's largest international police organization, which was expected to elevate a senior Russian security official to the top job, shifted gears after politicians and activists protested.

Interpol headquarters
Interpol headquarters (AN/Interpol)

Interpol's general assembly, defying expectations and bowing to international pressure, rejected a Russian frontrunner and instead picked its interim chief, South Korean police officer Kim Jong Yang, to serve as its next president.

The world's largest international police organization had been expected to elevate Alexander Prokopchuk, a senior Russian security official, to the top job. But after protests went up from politicians and activists in places such as the United States, Britain and Ukraine, the general assembly meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates chose a safer bet.

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