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US President Joe Biden stands with Cindy McCain at the White House in Washington, the US, July 7 2022. Picture: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS
US President Joe Biden stands with Cindy McCain at the White House in Washington, the US, July 7 2022. Picture: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

New York  — UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday that Cindy McCain, widow of the late US Republican senator John McCain, will lead the UN World Food Programme.

McCain is y the US ambassador to the UN agencies for food and agriculture. She will replace David Beasley, a former Republican governor from South Carolina, who steps down after six years in the role.

McCain’s appointment was made jointly by Guterres and the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Qu Dongyu, a former vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs in China.

US President Joe Biden nominated McCain to head the WFP, a job traditionally held by an American. She backed Biden in his campaign against former president Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

The US is the largest contributor to WFP, giving more than $7bn in 2022.

Reuters 

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