UN kicks off race for next secretary-general

The choice of the UN chief has for decades been the purview of the five permanent Security Council members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United StatesThe United Nations on Tuesday kicked off the race to be the next secretary-general with a letter that for the first time invited candidates to become the world’s top diplomat. The choice of the UN chief has for decades been the purview of the five permanent Security Council members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — in a selection process kept mostly behind closed doors.

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