UN secretary-general: Guterres leads first poll
Antonio Guterres of Portugal has emerged as frontrunner to become United Nations secretary-general, defying expectations that world leaders would favour an eastern European woman to succeed Ban Ki-moon.
The first poll of the 15-member UN Security Council revealed 12 countries voted to “encourage” the former Portuguese prime minister, with no countries openly hostile to his candidacy, according to results seen by The Australian.
Another man, Slovenian former president Danilo Turk, came second with the encouragement of 11 countries, although two nations voted to “discourage” his candidacy.
The leading eastern European woman, former Bulgarian acting foreign minister Irina Bukova, ran third with the encouragement of nine countries but the discouragement of four.
Kevin Rudd’s candidacy has not yet been considered by Australia’s cabinet and the former Labor prime minister was therefore not considered in the straw poll — the first of several tests of support before Mr Ban’s term expires in December.
“Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian government nominate him and, as the Prime Minister has indicated on a number of occasions, that’ll be a matter for cabinet,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Sky News on Monday. “I’ll certainly put the matter forward.”
Is a former Portuguese politician who was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. He also served for a time as President of the Socialist International. He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.
Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid, an independent non-profit organization composed of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 57 different countries, and which works to strengthen democratic institutions and leadership.
- European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Member
selected not elected..fuck rudd..and fuck them all tbh..they will all have fingerprints leading back to the usual suspects..