Fri­day Guterres poised to be next UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

For­mer Por­tuguese Prime Minister An­to­nio Guterres is poised to be the next United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and is ex­pected to be for­mally rec­om­mended to the 193-mem­ber Gen­eral As­sem­bly for elec­tion by the Security Council on Thurs­day, diplo­mats said.

Rus­sia’s UN Am­bas­sador Vi­taly Churkin, pres­i­dent of the 15-mem­ber council for Oc­to­ber, said he hoped the council would unan­i­mously rec­om­mend Guterres, who was also the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees from June 2005 to De­cem­ber 2015.

Guterres will re­place Ban Kimoon of South Korea, who will step down at the end of 2016 af­ter serv­ing two terms. Guterres was prime minister of Por­tu­gal from 1995 to 2002.

“To­day af­ter our sixth straw poll we have a clear fa­vorite and his name is An­to­nio Guterres,” Churkin told re­porters with his 14 council col­leagues stand­ing be­hind him on Wed­nes­day.

“We wish Mr. Guterres well in dis­charg­ing his du­ties as the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions for the next five years,” Churkin said.

The council has been hold­ing in­for­mal se­cret bal­lots since July in a bid to reach con­sen­sus on a can­di­date. Mem­bers had the choices en­cour­age, dis­cour­age or no opin­ion. Guterres has con­sis­tently come out on top of all the polls.

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