Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general
Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, after the 15 Security Council members agreed to put his name forward to a formal vote.
Guterres, who was head of the UN’s refugee agency for 10 years until 2015, emerged as the Security Council’s runaway favorite after the latest in a series of straw polls on Wednesday.
Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN and current Security Council president, told reporters that Guterres would face a vote in the Security Council on Thursday.
“Today, after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favorite, and his name is Antonio Guterres,” he said.
The secretary-general of the UN is appointed in a two-stage process. A candidate is first recommended by the Security Council, and must then be approved by the 193-member General Assembly.
Thirteen candidates entered the race, necessitating a series of straw polls held by the Security Council to encourage a thinning of the field and to help to settle on a single candidate.
In every ballot, the 15 Security Council members assessed each candidate by voting either “encourage,” “discourage” or “no opinion.”
In the latest vote, Guterres received 13 “encourage” votes, no “discourage” votes and two votes of “no opinion.”
A 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. In October 2016 the United Nations Security Council announced he will be the next United Nations Secretary General.
start digging..this guy has to have connections going back along bloodlines in my opinion..i am a suspicious bastard yeah..nobody gets elected..just selected..
“He also served for a time as President of the Socialist International.”
rudd must be crying into his cornflakes..