|António Guterres back in 1977 when he resembled Pancho Villa|
António Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister, will be the next UN secretary general, after the security council agreed he should replace Ban Ki-moon at the beginning of next year.
In a rare show of unity, all 15 ambassadors from the security council emerged from the sixth in a series of straw polls to announce that they had agreed on Guterres, who was UN high commissioner for refugees for a decade, and that they would confirm the choice in a formal vote on Thursday.
“Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is António Guterres,” the Russian UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told reporters with his 14 council colleagues standing behind him.
“We have decided to go to a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, and we hope it can be done by acclamation.” (theguardian.com)
|UN Special Envoy for Refugees and actress Angelina Jolie, right, and then-UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, left, brief the UN Security Council on Syria's refugee crisis, Friday, April 24, 2015.|