The UNESCO chief, the 64-year-old Bulgarian Irina Bokova has been confirmed by her government to be the official candidate of the country for the United Nations top job, after Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of this year.

A former member of the Bulgarian Communist party, then a Socialist member of the Bulgarian parliament for two terms, a former Bulgarian foreign minister and UNESCO boss since 2009, Irina Bokova is the perfect epitome of the jet-set former Communist nomenklatura successfull...

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