BREAKING: UN Security Council formally approves Antonio Guterres as Secretary-General

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on a three-day official visit. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2016, members of the Security Council unanimously agreed that Guterres should be the next U.N. secretary-general. A UNSC vote is expected Thursday; the candidacy then goes to the General Assembly for final approval. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations Security Council has formally approved former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to replace Ban Ki-moon as U.N. secretary-general.

Security Council President Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, said Guterres was approved by acclamation for a 5-year term during a closed-door meeting on Thursday.

The Security Council’s recommendation now goes to the U.N.’s 193-member General Assembly, which is expected to vote on Ban’s successor next week. Ban’s second 5-year term ends Dec. 31.

Ban leaves office on Dec. 31 after 10 years at the head of the U.N.


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