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Portugal’s Guterres poised to be next UN secretary-general

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that Guterres was the "clear favorite" and announced a formal vote by the council on Thursday to confirm the choice of nominee/FILE

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that Guterres was the “clear favorite” and announced a formal vote by the council on Thursday to confirm the choice of nominee/FILE

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres was poised to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a sixth straw poll by the Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that Guterres was the “clear favorite” and announced a formal vote by the council on Thursday to confirm the choice of nominee.

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