The new chief was appointed following three rounds of voting and received 68.9% of the votes cast in the final round.
Al-Raisi replaced South Korean statesman Kim Jong Yan as president. Prior to that, Al-Raisi was a member of the executive committee of Interpol. The former head of the organization, Kim Jong Yang, has held this post since November 2018.
“Interpol is an indispensable organization built on the strength of its partnerships. It is this collaborative spirit, united in mission, that I will continue to foster as we work to make a safer world for people and communities,” Al-Raisi said.
Emirati General Al-Raisi was accused of torture and had criminal complaints against him in five countries, including in France, where Interpol has its headquarters, and in Turkey, where the election was held.
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, a member of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said that al-Raisi’s election “represents the beginning of a dangerous era, with authoritarian regimes now able to dictate international policing.”
The election of the new president took place during the meeting of the Interpol General Assembly on November 23-25 in Istanbul.
The General Assembly meets annually and makes the main decisions on the general policy of the organization, the necessary resources for international cooperation, and also determines the working methods, funding, and the program of activities.