- Title: Portuguese delighted as Portugal's Guterres poised to be next U.N. chief
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: LISBON, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING PAST NEWSSTAND PEOPLE BUYING NEWSPAPERS NEWSPAPERS WITH PICTURES OF FORMER PORTUGUESE PRIME MINISTER ANTONIO GUTERRES ON FRONT PAGE
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 09:29
- Keywords: Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General Portugal reactions
- Location: LISBON, PORTUGAL
- City: LISBON, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Government/Politics,United Nations
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VA0JR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Portuguese media on Thursday (October 6) welcomed news that former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was poised to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after none of the five U.N. Security Council veto powers voted against him in a sixth secret ballot on Wednesday (October 5).
"We all win," read the front page of Publico newspaper. "The world at his feet," said I daily.
Guterres' fellow countrymen on Thursday were also pleased to hear the news.
The 15-member Security Council cast secret ballots for each of the 10 candidates with the choices of encourage, discourage or no opinion.
Guterres received 13 encourage votes and two no opinion votes.
For Guterres to be formally recommended to the 193-member General Assembly for election, the Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors. The resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes to pass.
Guterres, 67, would replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea, who will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two terms.
Guterres was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.
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