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Peru demands UN annul former first lady's hiring to top job

Associated Press Associated Press 23/11/2016

LIMA, Peru — Peru is demanding the United Nations annul a former first lady's appointment to be a senior agricultural official abroad.

Nadine Heredia is set to begin work Thursday as head of the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization's liaison office in Switzerland.

Peru's foreign minister said Wednesday that her hiring constitutes "interference" in a judicial investigation.

Heredia is being probed for allegedly receiving illegal payments from Brazilian construction firms as well as Venezuela when her husband Ollanta Humala was running for president in 2006 and 2011. She's under a court order to appear every 30 days before judicial authorities in Peru.

The FAO said in a statement said Heredia was selected in a transparent and rigorous manner. A sociologist by training she replaces a Chinese agronomist.

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