Se­cu­rity Coun­cil big guns de­cide on new UN chief

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE race to be­come the next UN chief takes a de­ci­sive turn this week when the big pow­ers at the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will for the first time in­di­cate which can­di­dates they are pre­pared to block.

Dur­ing the straw poll to pick the new sec­re­tary gen­eral, Bri­tain, China, France, Rus­sia and the US will use pink bal­lots to rate the can­di­dates, while the other 10 coun­cil mem­bers will use white pa­pers.

The re­sults from the pink-coloured bal­lots of the five veto-hold­ing mem­bers will be the ones to watch as the con­test to suc­ceed Ban Ki-moon heads into the fi­nal stretch.

There are 10 can­di­dates for the top post, in­clud­ing front-run­ner An­to­nio Guter­res, the for­mer prime min­is­ter of Por­tu­gal who was UN refugee chief for a decade.

Mr Guter­res has taken the num­ber one spot in all five pre­vi­ous straw polls, but has re­ceived two “dis­cour­age” votes, fu­elling spec­u­la­tion that one of those may have been cast by a veto power who could block his nom­i­na­tion.

The straw poll will be the first for Euro­pean bud­get com­mis­sioner Kristalina Ge­orgieva af­ter she stormed onto the scene last week as Bul­garia’s new can­di­date.

Bul­garia had backed UNESCO boss Irina Bokova, but she was ousted af­ter a poor show­ing in the pre­vi­ous straw polls. –

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