Security Council agrees Portugal's Guterres next UN chief

2016-10-05 18:58
In this December 2015 file photo then UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

In this December 2015 file photo then UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

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New York - The Security Council has unanimously agreed that Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next UN secretary general.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to reporters on Wednesday surrounded by ambassadors from the 14 other council nations after they held their sixth informal poll of the 10 candidates behind closed doors.

Guterres, who served as the UN's refugee chief until last December, led all five previous polls. Diplomats said in the sixth poll, where the five veto-wielding council members used different coloured ballots, he received 13 "encourage" votes, no "discourage" votes and two "no opinion".

Churkin said that the council will meet Thursday morning to formally approve Guterres and recommend his candidacy to the 193-member General Assembly which must give final approval.

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