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Former Portugal PM set to become next UN Secretary-General

Guterres' 93-year-old mother needed a caregiver, so he contracted one from a private agency. 'They are all migrants,' he says. Photograph: (Getty)

Agencies New York Oct 05, 2016, 04.10 PM (IST)

Antonio Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal, is poised to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), after none of the five UN Security Council veto-powers voted against him in a secret ballot on Wednesday, according to diplomats.

There were 10 candidates running for the position. Each of the 15 members of the Security Council casts a secret ballot for each one, with three choices: encourage, discourage, or no opinion.

The Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors before Guterrers can be formally recommended to the 193-member General Assembly for election. At this stage, to pass he would need at least nine votes in favour, and no vetoes against.

According to the Russian Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, Guterres was the "clear favourite". There will be a formal vote by the council on Thursday to confirm the choice of nominee.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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