More ‘discourage’ for Clark in latest UN poll

Helen Clark has edged up the rankings but has changed little in the 5th Security Council straw poll on the next UN Secretary General

Clark received the same number of ‘encourage’ votes, 6, the same as she got in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th polls (she got 8 in the 1st poll).

Her 2’no opinion’ votes in the last poll switched to ‘discourage’ in this poll, which must be a bit discouraging for Clark.

RNZ: Helen Clark seventh in latest UN poll

Former Portuguese prime minister António Guterres remains in first place with 12 votes, and former Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremić moved up to second place with eight votes.

Guterres looks to be well ahead, but a candidate only requires one veto from one of the five permanent members to hit a brick wall.


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  1. Zedd

     /  27th September 2016

    I dont think Helen will withdraw, BUT she should face the probability that she wont be moving to the BIG chair anytime soon :/

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  27th September 2016

    I think that reporting that Clark is 7th is slightly misleading. Currently there is a run away leader (Guterres) and one candidate (Gherman) bring up the rear. Everybody else is in a bunch in the middle with 6-8 encourages and 6-9 discourages.

    If Guterres is vetoed then the race will be thrown wide open.


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