Helen Clark fails another UN ballot

Helen Clark has again failed to feature in the top five in the latest ‘secret ballot’ (that’s farcical) for the next United Nations Secretary General.

In the first ballot Clark was ranked sixth. Since then one candidate has dropped out, leaving eleven for now.

RNZ: Clark not in top five after UN secret ballot

Helen Clark has failed to rank among the top five candidates for the next United Nations Secretary General in the latest secret ballot, diplomats say.

Just how Helen Clark fared is not yet known.

Going into the first straw poll last month, the former prime minister was considered one of the favourites, but she came a disappointing sixth.

Several other straw polls will be held before the council’s choice is put before the General Assembly for a final vote, which is expected in October.

The top five:

  1. Antonio Guterres (former Portuguese Prime Minister)
  2. Vuk Jeremic (former Serbian Foreign Minister)  up to second
  3. Susana Malcorra (Argentinian Foreign Minister)
  4. Danilo Turk (former Slovenian President)
  5. Irina Bokova (from Bulgaria, the director-general of UNESCO)

This is a secret so please don’t tell anyone.

Stuff: Clark’s big UN blow

David Farrar at Kiwiblog: – the results are:

  1. Guterres 11-2-2 (encourage, neutral, discourage)
  2. Jeremic 8-3-4
  3. Malcoora 8-1-6
  4. Turk 7-3-5
  5. Bokova 7-1-7
  6. Kerim 6-2-7
  7. Clark 6-1-8
  8. Figueres 5-2-8
  9. Gherman 3-2-10
  10. Luksic 2-4-9
  11. Lajcak 2-7-6

Dropping from 6 to 7 doesn’t look great for Clark.

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25 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  6th August 2016

    Let me have a word with the blighters. I might be able to persuade them:

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  6th August 2016

    Obviously the last thing the UN wants is an incorruptible Sec-Gen.

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    • Gezza

       /  6th August 2016

      Watch the beggars try & give her a speeding ticket, Al. They’ll be shit-out-of-luck there.

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    • Corky

       /  6th August 2016

      Or a women, so as not to offend certain member states. Or a racist colonial with baggage.Thanks Maori Party.

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      • Gezza

         /  6th August 2016

        Corky!
        Woman – singular
        Women – plural.

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        • Corky

           /  6th August 2016

          Crikey, sorry Gez. I’m so used to thinking in terms of ‘wimmin’ that I had to have a stab at guessing woman or women.

          So:
          Helen is a woman.
          Helen and Heather are women.

          Gottcha!

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  3. Blazer

     /  6th August 2016

    Bokova from Bulgaria gets my wager.

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  4. Blazer is on point here. It’s Eastern Europes turn apparently and the Rus are dead keen on a friendly from their side of Europe.

    But you never can tell. Eventual a compromise maybe required after everybody’s candidate attracts a veto from one of the power 5 and that is Clark’s opportunity. Just sit tight, work behind the scenes talking to the 5 power players with vetos and you never know what may eventual occur.

    Why vetoes are allowed in this process is beyond me but those are the rules…

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    • Gezza

       /  6th August 2016

      Why vetoes are allowed in this process is beyond me

      1. Who controls everything in the UN?
      2. Who wants to be able to fight wars against smaller countries when it’s in their interests, without the rest of the world saying “NO!”.
      3. Who set it all up & agreed to that, as long as they don’t stop – interfere directly with the others’ wars? (Indirectly has been ok – but some are now not happy about Syria. Putin is not playing the game properly.)

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    • Missy

       /  7th August 2016

      dave, remember whoever Russia promotes is most likely to be vetoed by the US – and vice versa. Helen’s best chance is to hope the others are cancelled out by vetoes and none of her discourages are from P5 nations.

      I don’t think she has a chance, and to be honest I thought she might do better this round, but the way I see it is at least two ahead of her will be vetoed, not sure who the US will be supporting and that could be crucial as that person will be vetoed by Russia and China most likely.

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      • Hey Missy – sorry been on holiday and no blog comments from me! understand its a pissing match between the great powers. But if I was Clark I would be hanging in and smoozing while positioning myself as a compromise candidate

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  5. PDB

     /  6th August 2016

    Maybe a taxpayer paid for ‘pledge card’ might help?

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    • Gezza

       /  6th August 2016

      Probably wouldn’t work as well as having no policy at all did in 2008 for someone else.

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      • PDB

         /  6th August 2016

        By 2008 Helen had run out of NZ taxpayers money hence why she went to the UN where other peoples money was in far greater supply & could be wasted in far greater quantities………

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        • Gezza

           /  6th August 2016

          Ya a hard man PDB. Hard, but fair.

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        • Blazer

           /  17th August 2016

          get help you dropkick..the Nats have borrowed over 100 billion,a total more than the cumulative total of borrowing in NZ’s history…!!p.s its other peoples money!and interest has to be paid,not by hauptmann Key and co,just another burden for future..generations!

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  6. Klik Bate

     /  6th August 2016

    As I predicted here some months ago, National & Co had nothing to lose and everything to gain, by ‘appearing to be 100% behind’ Helen’s bid for the SG role.

    And as I said then – they all knew she didn’t stand a shit show!

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  7. Missy

     /  7th August 2016

    I think that despite all of the talk it will be another man, and it will be the Portuguese guy.

    The Argentinian, despite doing well so far, will be (I imagine) vetoed by the UK, there is no way they will want an Argentinian as the SG at the moment with the Falklands on the agenda there, no matter how independent she claims she will be.

    The Bulgarian will be vetoed by the US as she is (allegedly) Russia’s choice. That should bring Helen into top 5, but still not good enough to win, the biggest problem being that she has reportedly made herself unpopular with many at the UN due to her stance on efficiency (she apparently did a clear out of her department) and corruption (she reportedly got rid of a number of corrupt officials). Essentially she is ‘too clean’ to be UNSG. Of course it also depends how many of her discourages are from a P5 member as well, if none are P5 and the others have discourages from P5 members she could still be in the running.

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