: Reuters: Former Portugal Prime Minister Guterres front runner to be next UN chief

12:17 Jul. 22, 2016

Reuters: Former Portugal Prime Minister Guterres front runner to be next UN chief

Antonio Guterres, the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) High Commissioner, holds a press conference about Syrian refugee women July 8, 2014 in Amman, Jordan. (Getty Images)

According to the results, Guterres received 12 encourage and three no opinion votes

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is the front runner to be the next United Nations secretary-general, followed by former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, after the first UN Security Council secret ballot on Thursday.

According to results seen by Reuters, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, director-general of UN cultural organization UNESCO came in third, edging out former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, who tied for fourth.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who heads the U.N. Development Programme, was fifth, followed by Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, and former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica.

Moldova's former foreign minister, Natalia Gherman, was in 10th place, followed by Montenegro Foreign Minister Igor Luksic and former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.

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