Portugal's Guterres poised to be next UN chief

By REUTERS
October 5, 2016 18:45

 
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UNITED NATIONS - Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after none of the five U.N. Security Council veto-powers voted against him in a sixth secret ballot on Wednesday, diplomats said.

The 15-member Security Council cast secret ballots for each of the 10 candidates with the choices of: encourage, discourage or no opinion.

For Guterres to be formally recommended to the 193-member General Assembly for election, the Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors. The resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes to pass.

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