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Mona Sahlin lost the chance to land a top job as ILO director generalMonday, 28 May 2012
Mona Sahlin on Monday received rejection for her job application to be
the new Director General of the International Labour Organisation
(ILO).The former leader of the Social Democrat party went to the second
round, despite intensive campaigning that has cost millions.
The Swedish government has worked hard for Mona Sahlin to get the job
as the new ILO Director, according to Swedish media reports.
The Cabinet Office has has four employees and an intern working full
time with Sahlin's campaign. The campaign team has to travel, hotels
and campaign materials costing about Skr950 000, according to Swedish
tabloid paper, Aftonbladet.
Sahlin was remunerated by the Social Democrats during the campaign, in
the form of severance pay totalling Skr1.6 million over two years,
But on Monday Sahlin was beaten already in the second round of voting
in Geneva. Had Mona Sahlin won the vote, it would have become historic
as the first female Director General of ILO history. She fought hard to
get the new top job but her fight was not hard enough.
Swedish Minister for Employment, Hillevi Engstrom was not happy that on Monday that Mona Sahlin did not get the job.
"I regret that Mona Sahlin is not elected as executive director of the
ILO. She has conducted a good campaign but this time the bar is not all
the way, "she writes in a statement.
By Scancomark.se Team
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