UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The International Criminal Court's deputy prosecutor has edged out 51 other candidates to win the informal endorsement of the 119 countries that support the tribunal to be the next chief prosecutor.
Liechtenstein's U.N. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, president of the tribunal's Assembly of States Parties, told the Associated Press that the countries concluded informal consultations Wednesday. He said they agreed that 51-year-old Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda should succeed Luis Moreno Ocampo, whose nine-year term expires in 2012.
Wenaweser said that at an informal meeting of the 119 countries on Thursday, he will ask that Bensouda be formally elected on Dec. 12.
The International Criminal Court, which began operating in 2002, is the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.
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