Danish diplomat to head UN mission in South Sudan
A South Sudanese People's Liberation Army soldier patrols in Malakal, South Sudan - AFP

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj to head the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and act as his special representative.

Loj, who replaces Norway’s Hilde Johnson, takes up the job amid a flare-up of fighting in South Sudan ignited by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

A former ambassador to the Czech Republic, the United Nations and Israel, Loj also served as special envoy to Liberia from 2008 to 2012.

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