Mr Guterres, 66, former Prime Minister of Portugal and head of the UN refugee agency, will take over from Ban Ki-moon as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations in January. Mr. Ban has led the UN for the past 10 years.
The decision was made in a straw poll, held in New York on Wednesday morning.
Mr Guterres’s candidacy was not vetoed by any of the permanent five members of the Security Council. It will now be formally approved by the General Assembly.
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