Thu, 24 Jan 2019

UNITED NATIONS - Diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen Chile's former President Michelle Bachelet to be the next U.N. human rights chief.

The diplomats said Wednesday that U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a group of ambassadors of Guterres' decision on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no official announcement.

Bachelet must be confirmed by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said he could not confirm the report but said a name was being sent to the assembly.

Bachelet served as Chile's president twice, from 2006-2010 and from 2014-2018. In between, she was the first head of U.N. Women, a new agency to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

She will replace Jordanian Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein whose term ends Aug. 31.

FILE - The U.N.'s human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, center, answers reporters' questions after attending a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 5, 2018.

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