Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Croatia Marija Pejcinovic Buric will become a new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. Such decision was made by secret voting on June 26 by delegates of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as PACE reported.
According to PACE President, Lilian Mori Pasquier, 264 delegates participated in the voting. 159 people voted for Pejcinovic Buric; 105 delegates supported her opponent, Foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders.
The representative of Croatia will replace Thorbjorn Jagland at this position. The 5-year term of authorities of Pejcinovic Buric will begin on September 20, 2019.
The voting took place without the Ukrainian delegation as it left the session hall after Russia was restored in its rights in the assembly.
Earlier we reported that according to PACE decision, the Russian delegation returned to the work in the assembly with the complete set of the authorities.
Besides, the delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Litva Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia announced the demarche after Russia was restored in rights in PACE. Moreover, they appealed to the parliaments and governments of their states on decision toward further participation in the organization.