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Ousted U.N. election chief will fight dismissal

December 7, 2005

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— The U.N. electoral chief on Tuesday vowed to fight her dismissal, vehemently denying charges she sexually harassed her staff.

Carina Perelli also expressed hope her firing would not affect the critical Iraqi parliamentary election on Dec. 15, the referendum in Congo on Dec. 18, elections in the Palestinian territories on Jan. 25 and in Haiti early next year.

The 48-year-old Uruguayan has won wide praise for her work in helping organize elections in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Palestinian territories.

But in August, the U.N. formally accused her of harassing her staff after a four-month review by a Swiss consulting firm.

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