New leader for the United Nations

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Antonio Guterres has pledged to make the pursuit of peace his priority after being elected the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief told the 193 members of the UN General Assembly who elected him that the United Nations has “the moral duty and the universal right” to ensure peace.

Mr Guterres will become the ninth UN chief in the world body’s 71-year history.

It was Mr Guterres’ strong performance answering questions before the General Assembly, and his executive experience as prime minister and as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005-2015 that propelled him to first place among the 13 candidates vying for the job.

He beat New Zealander Helen Clark for the job.

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