China’s Meng Hongwei has become the president of Interpol, while Russia’s Alexander Prokopchuk has been elected the organization’s vice president for Europe, reports the international police organization’s official Twitter account.
Meng Hongwei, the first Chinese official to hold the position, takes over from France’s Mireille Ballestrazzi who was elected in 2012.
Prokopchuk becomes the first Russian official to hold the position of the Interpol vice president for Europe. 127 delegates voted for Prokopchuk, 10 against, and eight abstained, reported RIA Novosti news agency citing its sources.
“The fact that […] Prokopchuk has become the vice president [of Interpol] for Europe is a kind of recognition of high level cooperation that has been achieved by slightly more than a quarter century of [Russian] membership in Interpol,” the source said.
The both officials were chosen for their posts during the agency’s 85th General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 7-10. This year the session was attended by 164 member countries with some 830 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials.
Russia (as part of the USSR at the time) joined Interpol in 1990.
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