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Guterres taps Chile’s 1st woman prez to be UN rights chief

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: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today nominated Chile’s twice-serving president and prominent women’s rights advocate
Michelle Bachelet
to be the global body’s next human rights chief.

Bachelet, 66, will succeed Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who had been one of the most outspoken critics of abuses by the governments in many countries.

Her name now goes forward for consideration and approval by the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Bachelet, a women’s rights champion, ended her second four-year term as President earlier this year, having already held the post between 2006 and 2010. She was the first woman to be elected to Chile’s highest office. She has also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean GovernmentPTI

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