Antonio Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal was today appointed as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations by the General Assembly.
The 193 member states assembly took the decision by acclamation. The 67-year-old Guterres is appointed as the 9th UN Secretary-General.
The 15-nation UN Security Council last week voted for Guterres by acclamation and forwarded his name to the General Assembly. Guterres is to take over from Ban Ki-moon, whose tenure will end on December 31.
Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.
He will assume his new role on January 1, 2017 for a five-year term that can be renewed by Member States for an additional five years.
Guterres had emerged as the front-runner in all the six informal polls conducted in the Council to select the secretary general.