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UN Security Council unanimously backs Guterres for second term as chief

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN Security Council gave its unanimous backing to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second term on Tuesday, assuring his election as the next UN chief by the General Assembly, most likely on June 18.

The 15 council members adopted a brief resolution by acclamation and approved a communique at a brief private meeting endorsing Guterres — the only candidate — to be the world’s top diplomat for another five years starting January 1.

“He has proven worthy of the post already with the five years he has been in office,” said Estonia’s UN Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, the current council president, after reading the communique to the media. “He has been an excellent secretary-general. He’s a bridge-builder. … He’s able to speak to everybody, and I think this is something that is expected from the secretary-general.”

Traditionally, candidates for the UN’s top job have been nominated by a UN member state, but that is not a requirement in the UN Charter or in a resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 2015. That measure made the previously largely secretive selection of the........

© The Times of Israel

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