Rudd disses Clark for President of da World

Kevin Rudd is a the best of times. He has been called much worse.

But now he has attacked the candidacy of Helen Clark for the General Secretary of the UN job….probably because he wants the job and if he can’t have it then Helen Clark shouldn’t.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has effectively dismissed Helen Clark’s chances of becoming the next UN Secretary-General, saying she was “very capable” but it was his “firm belief” an Eastern European would get the job.

 Speaking to Indian newspaper the Hindu, Mr Rudd, who is widely rumoured to want the job himself, was asked about Helen Clark’s bid for the job.

“As I said it is my firm belief that this time we will have a UN [Secretary-General] chief from East Europe. As for Helen, I think she will be a strong candidate if we cannot find agreement between the P-5 and the other members of the Security Council on an East European candidate.”  

Mr Rudd said he had known Helen Clark for a long time. “She’s a very capable person and strong PM of New Zealand as well as a strong internationalist.”

The P-5 are the five permanent members of the Security Council who have a power of veto over the Secretary-Generals’ role — Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Asked about his own intentions of standing, Mr Rudd referred to his view that an Eastern European would get it. “Last I looked my name is not Ruddovich.”

His chances are next to impossible.

There is some talk though about Clark, who is now being seen as a compromise candidate.

I’m supporting Helen Clark because if she gets that job she won’t be back here anytime soon.




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