Replacing Staffan de Mistura will be the current deputy head of the UN Development Program, Dutchman Ad Melkert.  Some praise:

U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Melkert would bring to the Iraq job “a unique combination of extensive political experience … and economic and development expertise.”

“As a result he enters with a deep understanding of the nature of the challenges and priorities that face Iraq at this phase of its transition,” she told a news briefing.

He’s got his work cut out for him.

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