United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Portuguese Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, speaks to the media during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday Dec. 18, 2015.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Portuguese Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, speaks to the media during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday Dec. 18, 2015. Salvatore Di Nolfi - Keystone via AP

Antonio Guterres is still the frontrunner in UN race

FORMER Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres is still the frontrunner to be the next United Nations secretary-general after the second Security Council secret ballot, diplomats say.

The 15-member council cast a ballot for each of the 11 candidates, and the choices were "encourage", "discourage" or "no opinion".

Mr Guterres received 11 encourage, two discourage and two no opinions, diplomats said.

In the first poll on July 21, Mr Guterres received 12 encourages and three no opinions.

Former Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic moved up to second with eight encourage, four discourage and three no opinion, followed by Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra who received eight encourage, six discourage and one no opinion.

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