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Nicaraguan will head assembly

June 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Nicaraguan priest who has been a stern critic of the United States won election as the next president of the U.N. General Assembly.

The presidency of the 192-nation assembly rotates by region and lasts for a year. The assembly elected 75-year-old Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, a Roman Catholic priest who was born in Los Angeles. He succeeds Macedonian diplomat Srgjan Kerim.

D'Escoto spoke against "acts of aggression" in Iraq and Afghanistan but did not mention the U.S. The U.S. mission protested his comments.

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