Second Term for UN Chief António Guterres

The United Nations General Assembly has appointed António Guterres for a second term as Secretary-General of the Organization of Nations.


Earlier this month, the Security Council, which includes the most powerful countries, unanimously gave its blessing to the 72-year-old Portuguese.

Therefore, the appointment by the 193 countries General Assembly was a formality, also because there was no official candidate.

Guterres, who was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, will begin his second five-year term on January 1. He previously served as UN refugee commissioner for ten years.

It is customary for a UN Secretary-General to serve two terms. That is also the maximum.

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