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 Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres elected UN secretary general

The UN General Assembly elected Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as secretary-general.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the Kansas City Star, the 193 U.N. member states have elected Antonio Guterres by acclamation as the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

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Assembly President Peter Thompson introduced the resolution, said members wanted it approved by acclamation, and banged his gavel in approval as diplomats broke into applause.

The 67-year-old Guterres, who served as the U.N. refugee chief for 10 years until last December, will take up the job of the world's top diplomat on Jan. 1 when Ban Ki-moon's second five-year term ends.

The Security Council nominated Guterres by acclamation last week after its sixth informal poll.

Guterres topped all six polls, which included a total of 13 candidates - seven women and six men.

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