Bokova could be nominated as Bulgaria’s European Commissioner, rather than UN Secretary General – report

Against a background of political turbulence in Bulgaria and the question mark over how long the current government will last, new reports suggest that Irina Bokova – the UNESCO chief named in earlier reports as put forward as Plamen Oresharski’s choice to be the country’s candidate UN Secretary General – will first be offered nomination as Bulgaria’s European Commissioner.

The larger question mark, given that at some point in the coming days or weeks the cabinet will resign, is just who will be making the nominations to these posts.

On June 12, a report in the Bulgarian-language media said that Bokova, the Bulgarian who has been UNESCO chief since 2009 and now is in her second term in that post, had been named by Oresharski – occupant of the prime minister’s chair in the Bulgarian Socialist Party government – as Bulgaria’s candidate to take over the UN in 2017.

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(Photo of Bokova: Danica Bijeljac)