Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared that former premier Kevin Rudd would not be nominated by the government to be the next UN Secretary-General.
"The fundamental threshold point is this: does the government believe, do we believe, do I as Prime Minister believe Rudd is well suited for that role?" Turnbull told the media in Sydney, adding "My considered judgement is he is not".
The decision by Turnbull has crushed Rudd's hopes of getting the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.
Without the backing of the Turnbull government, Rudd, the former Prime Minister of the opposition centre-left Labour Party, cannot run for the next UN chief.
Rudd had expected that Australia's conservative government would take the vital step of formally nominating him to succeed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when Ban's second five-year term ends on December 31.