Antonio Guterres will be the ninth UN Secretary-General from January 1 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Portugal’s Antonio Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general
(CNN)Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, after the 15 Security Council members agreed to put his name forward to a formal vote.
Guterres, who was head of the UN’s refugee agency for 10 years until 2015, emerged as the Security Council’srunaway favorite after the latest in a series of straw polls on Wednesday.
Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN and current Security Council president, told reporters that Guterres would face a vote in the Security Council on Thursday.
“Today, after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favorite, and his name is Antonio Guterres,” he said.READ MORE