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Antonio Guterres, the UN's 9th Secretary General
The United Nations Security Council has approved the Antonio Guterres as the next UN Secretary General. Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal, has been appointed as the Secretary General for a term of 5-years.

Succeeding present Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Guterres will be the UN's 193-member General Assembly's 9th Secretary General. Moon's second 5-year term ends on December 31 this year. Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

Of the ten candidates in race for the post, Guterres topped all the six informal polls and was the only candidate to receive no "discourage" votes.

The recommendation that was adopted in a private meeting by acclamation will now be sent to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.

Guterres's name was forwarded by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which at present holds the Security Council presidency, to President of the Assembly, Peter Thomson.

Talking to reporters, Churkin said "Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is Antonio Guterres. We wish Guterres well in discharging his duties as the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the next five years."

In the informal secret ballots that the Council had been holding since July, Guterres topped all the polls and on Wednesday received 13 encourage votes and two no opinion votes. In the voting process, members were given the choices 'encourage', 'discourage' or 'no opinion'.

Guterres' recommendation though has disappointed people who were campaigning for a woman to be the next Secretary General of the UN but Guterres is almost certain to select a woman as his deputy secretary-general.

In his previous interview, he had specified that one of the things that is "crucial" at the male-dominated United Nations is "to have gender parity."

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