: Putin ally in UNESCO may take top job at United Nations

17:32 Apr. 13, 2016

Putin ally in UNESCO may take top job at United Nations

Irina Bokova, Bulgarian ambassador to France, poses at the Unesco headquarters in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009. (AP)

A former communist backed by Vladimir Putin has become the frontrunner to take over the United Nations   

Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian who was educated in Moscow and is said to be a 'darling' of Mr. Putin, hopes to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down at the end of this year, according to the Daily Mail.

However the Daily Mail has obtained documents reflecting grave concern about her capacity to handle such an important job.

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British diplomats have even demanded a fraud inquiry into an appointment made by the 63-year-old UNESCO chief.

The UK ambassador to the UN cultural body took the extraordinary step after Mrs. Bokova tried to install an alleged crony as a deputy.

Leaked minutes of a private session of the UNESCO board reveal that Matthew Sudders launched a withering attack – sanctioned by Whitehall – on Mrs. Bokova's decision to make Ana Luiza Thompson-Flores, an 'under-qualified' Brazilian civil servant, her assistant director-general for strategic planning.

Critics viewed it as a ploy to secure Brazilian support for Mrs. Bokova's campaign for the UN job.

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The British ambassador cited a suspicious embellishment of Miss Thompson-Flores's CV and a job advert that was mysteriously rewritten to lower the post's criteria.

Mrs. Bokova denied fraud, while her friend Eleonora Mitrofanova, the Kremlin's ambassador, branded the British concerns 'emotional declarations.'

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