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Meng Hongwei elected as Interpol President

Meng Hongwei, a top-level Chinese Security Minister was elected as the president of the International Crime fighting and police cooperation organization (Interpol). Meng will serve as President until 2020.
●    With this appointment, Meng Hongwei becomes the first official from China to take the post. He has previously served as the head of Interpol China. At the time of this appointment, he was holding the position of China’s Vice Minister for public security.
●    He was sworn into his new position on 10 November 2016 at the closing of the organisation’s 85th general assembly in Bali, Indonesia.
●    The organization was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Lyon, France.
●    It is the second largest international organisation after the United Nations with 190 members.
●    It plays an important role in deepening global police cooperation and tackling transnational criminal offenses. 
●    Election of Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national, to the world’s largest law enforcement agency turned up to be a reason for concern. 
●    His appointment is a concern for human right advocates because he belongs to the nation, where human right abuses are visible.

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