Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.21
By Sabina Ahmadova- Trend:
A vote on election of a new secretary general of the Council of Europe (CE) took place at the committee meeting of representatives of the organization in Strasbourg on Feb. 21, a source at CoE told Trend.
Three candidates put forward their nominations for the post of CE Secretary General: the current Secretary General of the organization Thorbjorn Jagland (Norway), Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (Germany) and Jean-Claude Mignon (France).
Today's vote resulted in a tie between Thorbjorn Jagland and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. According to the procedure of elections for the post of secretary-general, the two candidates will be submitted to PACE. It will announce the name of the new secretary general of the Council of Europe for the next five years during its spring session on June 23-27.
The present Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland has held the position since October 2009.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N