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Ex-Portuguese PM Guterres chosen to succeed Ban Ki-moon as U.N. chief

All Headlines 06:11 October 06, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been selected to succeed Ban Ki-moon as U.N. secretary-general.

The U.N. Security Council decided to recommend Guterres as new U.N. chief in a straw poll Wednesday.

The council plans to adopt a formal resolution on the decision Thursday. The decision should then be endorsed by the 193-member General Assembly, but the process is considered a formality.

Guterres, 67, who served as U.N. high commissioner for refugees for 10 years until last year, will take office in January for a five-year term.

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