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Guterres reelected UN chief; Erdan urges him to work to end anti-Israel bias

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of climate change, and a pandemic still circling the globe.

Ambassadors in the assembly chamber burst into applause as Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced Guterres’ re-election by “acclamation,” without a vote. Just before the announcement, Estonia’s UN Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, the current Security Council president, read a resolution adopted by the 15-member council recommending Guterres for a second term.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gild Erdan congratulated Guterres and said he hoped he would continue to work to end anti-Israel bias at the world body.

“I hope you will work to stamp out bias in the halls of the UN and ensure its work becomes more effective. I wish you continued success in your role. Good luck!” Erdan tweeted.

Under the UN Charter, the General Assembly appoints the secretary-general on the........

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