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Latvia's Vike-Freiberga withdraws candidacy for UN secretary-general

Latvia's Vike-Freiberga withdraws candidacy for UN secretary-general

Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga on Thursday withdrew her candidacy to become the United Nations' next secretary-general after having received two vetoes in the last informal round of voting.
"The outcome of a formal vote is obvious now," said Aiva Rozenberga, the president's spokeswoman.
Vike-Freiberga, the only woman and non-Asian who put forward her candidacy, thanked her supporters, particularly neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, who formally nominated her.
"With her candidacy, the president brought to the foreground issues that had not received broad attention in previous elections, thus stimulating wider discussion on the selection of candidates based mainly on their qualifications, rather than restrictive regional or gender criteria," the president's office said in a press release.
An informal poll of the 15 Security Council nations on Monday gave South Korea's foreign minister, Ban Ki-Moon, near-certain victory in the contest to succeed Kofi Annan, whose term expires at the end of the year.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:03 GMT+08:00