14 Dec 2016

UN chooses David Shearer for South Sudan role

From Morning Report, 7:35 am on 14 December 2016
Labour MP David Shearer.

Labour MP David Shearer. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Labour MP David Shearer has been confirmed in his new job of leading the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Mr Shearer brings extensive political and humanitarian experience to the position.

The UN position means he'll leave parliament at the end of this year, forcing a by-election in Mt Albert.