UN Top Job: Colour-Coded Ballot Vote Due in Security Council on Wednesday

Politics » DIPLOMACY | October 5, 2016, Wednesday // 09:39
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A first vote on the UN Secretary General candidates where colour-coded ballots will be used to show preferences for contenders will be held by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

The vote will highlight attitudes of UNSC permanent members to the respective candidates. China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US have the right to veto any contender. However, such a move does not necessarily mean the end of a candidacy.

This will be a test for the chances of the Bulgarian candidates, EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, whose reshuffle sparked a row within the country and confused some UN diplomats last week.

Georgieva is currently Bulgaria's official nominee for the post, with the government choosing her to replace Bokova citing the latter's lackluster performance in the race. Bokova has voiced determination to run despite the move.

The forthcoming UNSC vote will be the sixth one since July.

Former Portuguese Prime Minister has been the frontrunner in previous votes, but he is expected to face some challenge from Georgieva, who, as a late entry, had her first hearing at the UN General Assembly on Monday. Supporters of Guterres "will be looking to limit defections to Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva, a European Commission Vice President nominated by her government last week after another candidate struggled," Bloomberg writes.

Russia has said it would not hinder any candidate, but has voiced its preference for a "Eastern European woman" as head of the organization.

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