United Nations appoints Portugal's Guterres as next U.N. chief



The 193-member United Nations General Assembly unanimously appointed former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres on Thursday as the ninth secretary-general of the world body for five years beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
Guterres, 67, will replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea. Ban will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two terms. Guterres was Portugal's prime minister from 1995 to 2002 and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.
"He is perhaps best known where it counts most: on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian suffering," Ban told the... read more

 
13 October 2016 in World News, Views: 35
Source: Reuters
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