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Bulgarian women top candidates to head the U.N.

Kristalina Georgieva (R) and Irina Bokova (L) give a press conference.(GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

When Ban Ki-Moon steps down as secretary-general of the United Nations in 2017, it’s time for eastern European leader to take the job. Heading the running are Irina Bokova, head of the UN’s cultural and educational organization, UNESCO, and Kristalina Georgieva, who serves as the European Commission’s vice-president responsible for budget. Both women are from Bulgaria and both prove strong candidates for the important job and the “likeliest bet,” according to the Economist. Either would become the first ever woman to hold the role.

Prime minister Boyko Borisov will nominate a candidate, then the new UN boss will be selected by the Security Council. The race is filled with all of the pressures of a campaign, with both women working to eliminate the other from the running, and suggestions have been made that corrupt practices will be revealed. Those below Bokova and Georgieva in the race are also vying for a chance to become secretary-general, including outgoing Croatian minister Vesna Pusic.

Read the full story at The Economist.

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