Source: News Bharati English06 Oct 2016 13:49:57

United Nations, Oct 6: Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres of Portugal is all set to become the next United Nations Secretary General. According to Reuters, the UN Security Council has unanimously agreed on his name for the top post.

None of the five veto power nations used their authority against him in the sixth 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. Guterres received 13 encourage votes and two no opinion votes.

“Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is Antonio Guterres,” 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,” said Churkin, who is council president for October.

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 favour and no vetoes to pass.