Security Council backs Portugal's Guterres as UN chief

Newly appointed United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres speaks to the press in Lisbon, on October 6, 2016The Security Council on Thursday unanimously backed Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal who was the UN’s refugee chief for a decade, to be the next secretary-general. The 15 council members adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice to be the world’s new diplomat-in-chief and requesting that the General Assembly endorse him. Applause rang out during the closed-door meeting as the council recommended Guterres for a five-year term from January 1, diplomats at the session told AFP.

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