The United States on Tuesday threw its weight behind the South Korean candidate, Kim Jong-Yang, to lead Interpol, as controversy rages over a Russian candidate to lead the organisation.
Kim is currently the acting president. A vote is set to take place on Wednesday in Dubai on the final day of Interpol’s annual conference to replace former president Meng Hongwei, who is now detained in China on bribery charges.
“We strongly endorse Kim Jong-Yang, who is serving as its acting president,” Pompeo told reporters. “We encourage all nations and organizations that are part of Interpol and that respect the rule of law to choose a leader with integrity. We believe Mr Kim will be just that.”
Critics have urged Interpol to reject Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk, over fears Moscow could abuse the role to target political opponents.