UNSC nominates Antonio Guterres, former PM of Portugal, as Sec Gen of UN

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UNSC nominates Antonio Guterres, former PM of Portugal, as Sec Gen of UN

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UN Security Council nominates Portugal's Guterres as UN chief

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously nominated former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to be the next Secretary-General, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for five years from Jan. 1, 2017. The General Assembly is likely to meet next week to approve the appointment of Guterres, 67, who would replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea. Ban will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two terms. Ban, speaking during a visit to Rome, described Guterres as a “super choice” as his successor. Guterres was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015. Guterres is due to speak to reporters in Lisbon later on Thursday. (Reuters)

I'm hoping this is an improvement over his predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, who has seemed to be a complete US stooge, and ineffectual to boot.

Guterres has lots of socialist "credentials" but perhaps some others, more knowledgeable about Portuguese politics, can enlighten us as to whether to expect a Jeremy Corbin or a Tony Blair.

The General Assembly has always approved the nominee of the UNSC.

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FWIW, I met Guterres in Ottawa at a consultation meeting with NGOs a few years back when he was UN High Commissioner for Refugees. While his personal style was very diplomatic, he went out of his way that day to be strongly critical of the Harper Gov'ts response (ie, non-response) to the Syrian refugee crisis.  That caused a bit of a stink with the Gov't in the House, and the next dayin Question Period Tom + Co promply beat the Minister (Chris Alexander) like a pinata.

As per his political profile in Portugal, Guterres was a well respected moderate within the Socialist Party, and served as PM and subsequently as head of the Socialist International. So in general terms, I would consider him more of a Broadbent than either a Corbyn or Blair.