The 193-member UN General Assembly has approved the appointment of former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as the organisation’s new secretary general. The next mandate runs from January 1, 2017, for a period of five years, Euronews reports.


The UN Security Council recently unanimously nominated Guterres to replace Ban Ki-moon. The 72-year-old from South Korea will step down at the end of 2016 after two terms in office.


Antonio Guterres was born in Lisbon, 30 April, 1949. He is socialist. Work experience: 20 years pre-UN in government and public service; founded the Portuguese Refugee Council in 1991; Portuguese prime minister 1995-2002; 2005-2015 UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


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