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Bulgaria's Georgieva hints at bid to become UN chief

The 63-year-old economist Kristalina Georgieva has long been tipped as a possible contender to be the first woman to lead the United NationsEuropean Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday gave her clearest signal yet that she is ready to enter the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Georgieva, a Bulgarian economist who is backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said it was up to the Bulgarian government to decide on whether to nominate her as a candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon. “I’m very honored that many people are encouraging me to run,” Georgieva said at an event organized by the International Peace Institute, a think tank that closely follows UN affairs.

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