Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres appointed U.N. secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 (UPI) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was formally appointed as U.N. secretary-general on Thursday, replacing Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon of South Korea when his term ends later this year.

Guterres, 67, was widely praised as a good choice for the post. He was Portugal’s prime minister from 1992 to 2002 and led the U.N.’s refugee agency for nearly a decade ending in 2015. He will be sworn in on January 1.

“He’s a high level politician. He’s been prime minister of his country. He is a person who talks to everybody, listens to everybody, speaks his mind; very outgoing, I think open person,” Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

Guterres was one of 13 candidates up for the post.

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