UN chief rejects calls to keep refugee chief amid crisis

October 9, 2015 06:41

UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has disregarded a request from a large number of member states to keep the UN high commissioner for refugees in his job for an extra year to cope with the worsening refugee crisis, diplomats said.

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was elected by the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 and re-elected in 2010. Earlier this year, the assembly voted to extend his mandate by 6-1/2 months to December 31, on Ban's recommendation.

But the sources, who include the chairman of the UN refugee agency's executive committee, said Ban decided to resist pressure for a further extension of one year, and resort to a normal election process to make way for a new high commissioner.

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