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Guterres Passes Key Vote On Path To Be Next UN Chief

Antonio Guterres

Diplomats at the United Nations say Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is likely to be the next UN secretary-general after receiving unanimous support in a key secret ballot by the UN Security Council.

None of the five permanent Security Council members vetoed Guterres’s candidacy in the October 5 straw ballot, which was the sixth secret ballot by the 15-member council.

Guterres also came out on top in the five previous closed-door polls.

The Security Council will take a formal vote on October 6 and will then send its recommendation to the UN General Assembly, which will also conduct a vote to essentially rubber-stamp the council's decision.

The next UN secretary-general will replace the outgoing Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

Ban will step down from the post at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Bloomberg