New UN chief is former Portuguese prime minister


( The former prime minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres, replaces Ban Ki-Moon as the next United Nations Secretary-General in January 2017.

Antonio Guterres. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

Guterres was Portugal’s prime minister from 1995 to 2002. He served as the High Commissioner for Refugees at the U.N. from 2005 until last year.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon welcomed the choice of Guterres, saying “the state of Israel hopes and expects that the U.N. under his leadership will act in the spirit of its founding principles as a fair body able to differentiate between good and evil and will end its obsession with Israel.”

Danon added, "I hope that this change in leadership will bring an end to the organization’s hostility toward the Jewish state.”

The U.N. Security Council will formally recommend him to the General Assembly for a five-year term.

Posted on October 6, 2016 .