Former Socialist Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres has been appointed the next United Nations Secretary-General succeeding the outgoing Secretary-General, South Korean Ban Ki-Moon, who is standing down after two terms.

Antonio Guterres, 67 was appointed to the role of UN chief on Thursday after a unanimous vote by the international body’s 193 member states. He was one of 13 candidates for the position, including seven women.

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Guterres spent a decade as the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, a position which saw him saw him tackling refugee crises across the globe,

The next Secretary-General of the United Nations has pledged to combat terrorism and political populism, to promote gender equality and to seek a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict when he takes over the leadership of the organisation next year.

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