Interpol has elected Kim Jong Yang of South Korea as its next president, according to the international police body.

Kim, who had been serving as acting president, was elected for a two-year term at the body’s annual congress in Dubai today, finishing the four-year term of his predecessor who was arrested in China this year.

“Our world is now facing unprecedented changes which present huge challenges to public security and safety,” Kim told Interpol’s general assembly, according to the agency’s Twitter.

“To overcome them, we need a clear vision: we need to build a bridge to the future.”

Kim, age 57, worked in the South Korean police for more than 20 years before retiring in 2015.

According to Al Jazeera News, South Korea’s President congratulated Kim on becoming the first South Korean to head the organisation.

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