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.