Interpol elected a South Korean president after China disappeared its old one

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Jong Yang speaks after being elected President of Interpol on
November 21, 2018.


  • Interpol elected Kim Jong-yang, a South Korean
    national, as its news president on Wednesday.
  • The election took place because the old president, Meng
    Hongwei, was detained on a visit to his native China.
  • Meng has not been heard from since, and his wife
    believe he may be dead.
  • Kim beat Russia’s Alexander Prokupchuk in the

Interpol has elected a new South Korean president, less than two
months after China disappeared its previous one.

Member states of the international police organization voted Kim
Jong-yang as leader at a conference in Dubai on Wednesday.

Kim succeeds Meng Hongwei, the
Chinese Interpol president who went missing in late September

while traveling to his native country.

China said in early October that it had detained him on
unspecified bribery allegations, and Interpol reportedly accepted
an unsigned resignation letter from Meng without asking for
further details.

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President Meng Hongwei in Lyon, France, in May

Jeff Pachoud/Pool via

Meng was elected president in 2016 and was due to serve until
2020. Kim stepped in as interim president after Meng’s
disappearance, which remains unresolved.

Interpol said it couldn’t investigate Meng’s disappearance
because organization rules didn’t allow it.

Read more:
detained the vanished president of Interpol one month ago — and
his wife fears he’s dead

Kim beat Alexander Prokupchuk, a Russian national, by 40 votes,
according to a tweet
from Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s internal affairs minister.

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Prokupchuk, Russia’s candidate to Interpol’s presidency, in
Bangkok in December 2015.

Interior Ministry/Reuters

Prokupchuk, a Russian interior ministry veteran,
had been widely tipped to win
. His victory would have been a
massive boon for the Kremlin, which has tried to issue
international arrest warrants for President Vladimir Putin’s
critics in the past.

Prior to the Interpol vote, US Senators Marco Rubio, Roger
Wicker, Jeanne Shaheen, and Chris Coons, described Russia’s
candidacy as “akin to putting a fox in charge of the henhouse,”

according to USA Today

A separate group of bipartisan senators, including Chuck Schumer,
Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, and Sheldon Whitehouse also
a letter
to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their
“grave concern” with Prokupchuk’s candidacy.

Bill Browder, one of Putin’s most outspoken enemies and for whom
Moscow has requested international arrest warrants, said
in response
to Prokupchuk’s defeat: “Reason prevails in this
dark world.”

Russia’s interior ministry called the criticism “a campaign aimed
at discrediting the Russian candidate,” Reuters reported.

The Interpol president’s role is to chair general assembly and
executive committee meetings, Interpol said on Wednesday. Jürgen
Stock, the secretary general, runs the organization’s daily