Former Portugal Prime Minister António Guterres is set to be appointed as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations after the security council agreed he should replace Ban Ki-moon at the beginning of next year, AP has reported.
On Wednesday morning the 15 members of the Security Council held their sixth poll to decide the Moon’s successor. He won 13 votes in his support and two abstentions, with no one voting against him.
“Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is Antonio Guterres,” Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters with his 14 council colleagues standing behind him.
The Security Council will meet on Thursday, October 6, to formally approve Guterres as the UN secretary-general and then recommend his nomination to the 193-member General Assembly, which must give final approval.