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Mona Sahlin lost the chance to land a top job as ILO director general

Monday, 28 May 2012
Mona Sahlin on Monday received rejection for her job application to be the new Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).The former leader of the Social Democrat party went to the second round, despite intensive campaigning that has cost millions.

The Swedish government has worked hard for Mona Sahlin to get the job as the new ILO Director, according to Swedish media reports.

The Cabinet Office has has four employees and an intern working full time with Sahlin's campaign. The campaign team has to travel, hotels and campaign materials costing about Skr950 000, according to Swedish tabloid paper, Aftonbladet.

Sahlin was remunerated by the Social Democrats during the campaign, in the form of severance pay totalling Skr1.6 million over two years, writes Aftonbladet.
But on Monday Sahlin was beaten already in the second round of voting in Geneva. Had Mona Sahlin won the vote, it would have become historic as the first female Director General of ILO history. She fought hard to get the new top job but her fight was not hard enough.

Swedish Minister for Employment, Hillevi Engstrom was not happy that on Monday that Mona Sahlin did not get the job.
"I regret that Mona Sahlin is not elected as executive director of the ILO. She has conducted a good campaign but this time the bar is not all the way, "she writes in a statement.
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