UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has been tapped to head gender equality body U.N. Women, diplomats said on Wednesday, replacing former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, who stepped down to pursue another presidential bid in Chile.

Mlambo-Ngcuka, 57, was deputy president under Thabo Mbeki between 2005 and 2008.

Bachelet stepped down in March after leading U.N. Women, a body for gender equality and the empowerment of women, since it was created in 2010 by the U.N. General Assembly.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Vicki Allen)




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