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Ex-Portuguese PM Guterres chosen to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN chief

By 임정요
  • Published : Oct 6, 2016 - 09:16
  • Updated : Oct 6, 2016 - 09:16

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been selected to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general.

The UN Security Council decided to recommend Guterres as new UN chief in a straw poll Wednesday. 

(AP-Yonhap)

The council plans to adopt a formal resolution on the decision Thursday. The decision should then be endorsed by the 193-member General Assembly, but the process is considered a formality.

Guterres, 67, who served as UN high commissioner for refugees for 10 years until last year, will take office in January for a five-year term. (Yonhap)