Security Council to discuss whether to back Guterres for a second term as UN chief

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The United Nations Security Council plans to discuss on Tuesday whether to support Antonio Guterres in his bid for a second term as UN secretary general. It is likely that the 15-member UN body will vote in favour of the 72-year-old Portuguese diplomat, dpa reported.

In the past few years, Guterres has managed to maintain good relations with the powerful veto powers: the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France. Moreover, there is no official opposing candidate.

A council recommendation is considered a crucial hurdle for Guterres to be confirmed by the General Assembly for another five years in the highest UN office. A session of the General Assembly is expected before the end of June. The UN chief's new term is scheduled to start on 1 January 2022 and last five years.

Guterres has led the world organization since 2017. The previous nine post holders were all men. Four of them came from Europe.

 

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