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New UN Secretary General to be sworn in today
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UN Secretary-General-designate and former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, will be sworn-in today as the next secretary-general.

A statement issued by Mr Dan Thomas, Communications Director and Spokesperson of the President of the General Assembly, said António would be succeeding outgoing secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who steps down on Dec. 31.

Guterres, 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

He will become the world’s top diplomat on Jan 1, 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.

He was formally appointed by the General Assembly on Oct. 13, in what was the culmination of an historic process Member States set in motion late last year.

The historic process for the selection of a new UN Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, for the first time in history involved public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the UN’s ninth chief.
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