UN Security Council agrees on Antonio Guterres as next secretary-general

antonio Antonio GuterresThe Security Council has unanimously agreed that Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

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The council will hold a formal vote to recommend Guterres on Thursday. Campaigners had pushed for a female or Eastern European UN chief.But diplomats said Guterres performed the best of the candidates

Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to reporters surrounded by the 14 other council ambassadors after they held a sixth informal poll of the 10 candidates behind closed doors.

Mr Churkin announced that the council would hold a formal vote on Thursday morning (local time) to recommend Mr Guterres to the 193-member General Assembly, which must approve a successor to Ban Ki-moon whose second five-year term ends on December 31.

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