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UN migration agency elects new chief in test for Donald Trump (The New Indian Express)
June 29, 2018
GENEVA: The UN migration agency was electing a new director general on Friday in a vote testing US influence in a major international organisation, with Washington's candidate battling accusations of anti-Muslim bigotry.
The head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been an American throughout the agency's 67-year history with one exception from 1961 to 1969.
But President Donald Trump's nominee Ken Isaacs, an executive with the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, was hardly a lock to win as the IOM's 172 member-states began voting in Geneva.
Jeremy Konyndyk, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, noted that IOM members are worried that if Isaacs is rejected Trump could "retaliate by slashing funding."