UAE General elected as Interpol President

He has been elected for a four-year term


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Published: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 3:13 PM

The UAE’s Major-General Ahmad Nasser Al Raisi has been elected as President of Interpol.

The officer is the Inspector-General of the UAE’s Ministry of Interior.

According to the global police agency, Maj-Gen Al Raisi has been elected for a four-year term.

Interpol said Al Raisi was elected following three rounds of voting and received 68.9 per cent of the votes cast in the final round.

“It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as the next president of Interpol,” the global police agency quoted Al Raisi as saying.

“Interpol is an indispensable organization built on the strength of its partnerships. It is this collaborative spirit, united in mission, that I will continue to foster as we work to make a safer world for people and communities,” he said.

Secretary General Jürgen Stock, the organisation’s senior full-time official who oversees the day-to-day running of Interpol’s General Secretariat, welcomed Al Raisi’s appointment.

“For the past three years, I have worked with Al Raisi in his former role as delegate on the executive committee. I look forward to working closely with him in ensuring that Interpol continues to fulfil its mandate and support international police cooperation.'

The president and other executive committee members are elected by the General Assembly on a ‘one country one vote’ basis, with each vote carrying equal weight.

The role of the president, which is part-time and unpaid, is to chair the General Assembly and three meetings of the executive committee each year.

About 470 police chiefs, ministers and other representatives from more than 160 countries attended the three-day meeting. Each country attending has one vote.

Congratulatory messages are pouring in for the officer:

(With inputs from AP)

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