Former Portuguese PM set to replace Ban Ki-moon as UN head

Published October 6th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters on the selection of the next UN Secretary-General at the UN headquarters in New York. (AFP/Kena Betancur)
This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters on the selection of the next UN Secretary-General at the UN headquarters in New York. (AFP/Kena Betancur)

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has emerged as the favoured candidate for UN secretary general in a straw poll by the UN Security Council that is unlikely to be vetoed, says Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN.

"Today, after our sixth straw poll, we have a clear favorite and his name is Antonio Guterres," Churkin says.

The council will take a formal vote on Thursday and will then send its recommendation to the UN General Assembly, which will also take a vote to essentially rubber-stamp the council's decision.

"An agreement has been reached. UN Security Council members to elect me as new UN Secretary General. I'm honored and happy," Guterres said in a post on Twitter.

Guterres is expected to replace Ban Ki-moon, who has served as Secretary General since 2007. 


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