Following today’s straw poll, China’s Permanent Representative Wang informed the media that Ban will be the Security Council’s nominee.
“…it is quite clear that from today’s straw poll that Ban Ki Moon is the candidate that the Security Council will recommend to the General Assembly.”
The vote was 14 encouraging and 1 “no opinion,” Wang reported. The result indicates that Ban was not opposed by any of the permanent members. All five remaining candidates received at least one discouraging vote from permanent member(s).
|Tharoor||10||3 (1 P)||2|
|Vike-Freiberga||5||6 (2 P)||4|
|Surakiart||4||7 (2 P)||4|
|Ghani||4||11 (3 P)||0|
|Zeid||2||8 (1 P)||5|
Shashi Tharoor, who again came in second, gave his concession speech shortly after Wang’s statement. He was upbeat and friendly in answering questions about his own candidacy, the openness of this year’s process and Ban Ki Moon’s strong showing. He note that he had already faxed his congratulations to Mr. Ban via the Korean permanent mission.
“I entered the race because of my devotion to the United Nations, and for the same reason, I will strongly support [Mr. Ban] as the next Secretary General. The United Nations and the world have a stake in his success.”
U.S. Ambassador Bolton reported that the Security Council will move to a formal vote on Monday morning, October 9th. Bolton noted that new candidates could still come forward but he would be surprised if any did before Monday. The first formal vote was delayed to allow candidates to withdraw, Bolton said.