Bulgarian Foreign Ministry names team for Bokova’s UN Secretary-General candidacy

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry announced on March 21 2016 the team that will work on the campaign for Irina Bokova to become the next United Nations Secretary-General.

Bokova, in her second term as head of Unesco, was nominated by Bulgaria in an official letter sent to the UN on February 11 2016. She was initially nominated on June 19 2014 by the now-departed “Oresharski” government, soon before it resigned in the face of widespread public protests and the electoral failure of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

The current government, headed by Boiko Borissov – leader of the centre-right GERB party, the largest in Bulgaria’s Parliament – went ahead with confirming Bokova’s nomination some weeks after minority coalition partner socialist ABC threatened to withdraw its support for the government unless Bokova – who has a long socialist political pedigree – was nominated.

The Foreign Ministry team is headed by Raiko Raichev, the ministry’s director on global issues.

The working group has a budget of 106 000 leva (about 54 172 euro). The sum was set in the Cabinet decision in June 2014.

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(Photo of Bokova: UNESCO/Danica Bijeljac)