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

All Headlines 01:52 October 14, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday officially elected former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general of the United Nations.

His election was a certainty as the U.N. Security Council decided to nominate him last week after a series of straw votes.

Guterres, 67, prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, will take office in January for a five-year term.

He is considered an expert on refugees, and served as U.N. high commissioner for refugees for 10 years until last year.

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