Six candidates for top role at UN's Food agency

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Six candidates have been put forward by member nations of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to succeed Senegalese Jaques Diouf as Director General in elections to be held in June.

The candidates, chosen by their governments, include Jose Graziano da Silva, the ex-extraordinary minister for food security in Brazil under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the FAO announced Tuesday.

Indroyono Soesilo from Indonesia, Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini from Iran, Abdul Latif Rashid from Irak and Spain's ex-foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube are also candidates, along with the ex-European agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler from Austria.

The election of a new director general will take place in a secret ballot to be held at the beginning of the 37th FAO Conference, to be held in Rome from June 25 to July 2. The deadline for nominations was January 31.

FAO's new chief will be elected by a majority of votes cast by the organization's 191 member nations and will follow Diouf, who has been in office since 1994.

Since FAO was founded in 1945, there have been seven director generals, from Britain, the United States, India, the Netherlands, Lebanon and Senegal.

© 2011 AFP

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