Portugal’s former prime minister, Antonio Guterres, has consolidated a strong lead in the race to become the next United Nations secretary general, after a third security council secret ballot on Monday.
UN Security Council held third secret ballot on Monday in which Guterres received maximum votes among the ten candidates.
Diplomats said that only a decisive stand by Russia, which has argued that the job should go to an eastern European, could now stop Guterres succeeding Ban Ki-moon in the UN’s top job. A fourth straw poll is expected in September in the hope that a consensus forms around a winner by October.
Russia and the four other permanent council members – the US, UK, France and China – all have the power to block a candidacy. Although this secretary-general race has been far more open than previous contests, the winner will still have to be agreed by the five permanent members, as before.