11/19/2004

No Confidence

Via InstaPundit...

UN employees were readying on Friday to make a historic vote of no confidence in scandal-plagued Secretary General Kofi Annan, sources told AFP.

The UN staff union, in what officials said was the first vote of its kind in the more than 50-year history of the United Nations, was set to approve a resolution withdrawing its support for the embattled Annan and UN management.

Annan has been in the line of fire over a high-profile series of scandals including controversy about a UN aid programme that investigators say allowed deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to embezzle billions of dollars.

But staffers said the trigger for the no-confidence measure was an announcement this week that Annan had pardoned the UN’s top oversight official, who was facing allegations of favouritism and sexual harassment.
It's not clear what effect such a vote would have on Annan's tenure, if any. I do not know if the bylaws of the United Nations are such that a vote like this would trigger a larger vote by the General Assembly.

If the people who work for Annan are prepared to denounce him in a formal vote, it does not appear to me that he can operate effectively. If the vote passes and the staff union does declare "no confidence", it hard to imagine a rationale for Annan to stay on.