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U.N. Palestinian refugee agency replaces boss pending inquiry outcome

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U.N. Palestinian refugee agency replaces boss pending inquiry outcome
FILE PHOTO: Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo   -   Copyright  DENIS BALIBOUSE(Reuters)

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees has stepped aside until the end of an investigation into misconduct allegations, the agency said on Wednesday.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is under a U.N. investigation over suspected internal misconduct.

“The Commissioner-General has stepped aside until the completion of the process. The UN Secretary-General has appointed Mr. Christian Saunders as the Officer-In-Charge for the interim period,” an UNRWA statement said.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Stephen Farrell)