Security Council to "formally vote by acclamation" on UN chief's re-election bid

10:01, June 17, 2011      

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The UN Security Council members on Friday will meet in a private meeting to "formally vote by acclamation" their recommendation to the General Assembly on the re-election bid of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose current term is to expire on Dec. 31, the Security Council president told reporters here Thursday.

"Tomorrow we will go to the next phase which is the private meeting whereby Security Council members formally vote by acclamation their recommendation to the General Assembly for the election of the secretary-general," said Noel Nelson Messone, Gabon's ambassador to the UN, whose country holds the rotating presidency for the month of June.

On Thursday, he said the Security Council met in consultations for the "first phase of our procedure."

Under the UN Charter, the secretary-general is appointed by the UN General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. The full UN General Assembly is expected to hold a formal vote before the end of this month.

Ban announced last Monday that he has formally offered to serve a second consecutive term as the secretary-general of the United Nations.

Ban, who took office as UN chief in January 2007, would serve through the end of 2016 if he wins a second term. He is the eighth man to serve as UN secretary-general.

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