Saturday 20 January 2018

Norway's former PM Jens Stoltenberg to become new NATO chief

Norway's former premier Jens Stoltenberg is to become the new chief of the Nato military alliance, sources have said.

Two officials within the alliance and from a member state said Mr Stoltenberg is expected to be confirmed later today.

The appointment comes at a critical time for the alliance as the crisis over Ukraine has suddenly made Nato more relevant on the European continent.

Current secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen is to step down after a Nato summit in Wales later this year, and the past weeks have seen feverish diplomatic activity as some member states sought to push their candidate into the top political job of the 28-nation military alliance.

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