Give it up Hels, a new Eastern European candidate emerges

Helen Clark should jack it in as a new Eastern European candidate emerges for the role of UN Sectretary-General.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s chances of winning the UN chief role may have just ground to a halt after a late entry from a Eastern European woman.

EU budget commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has announced she will contest the United Nations Secretary-General race and is shaping up to be the ‘compromise candidate’ Clark had hoped to become.

The Bulgarian Government has transferred their support from Irina Bokova – their original pick who is beating Clark – to back Georgieva, who is supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  

It’s understood Merkel has been lobbying hard for Georgieva and even approached Russian President Vladamir Putin at the recent G20 to push her case.

Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister has a clear lead in the battle at the moment but he doesn’t tick the Eastern European or woman boxes.

Both Bulgarian candidates may still run in the next Security Council ballot on October 5 given there’s no clear rules around what happens when a country withdraws from its candidate.

Bokova has been quoted in overseas media saying she has no plans to quit but her own Government hasn’t been impressed by her failure to win enough support in the first five straw polls.

A source from inside Clark’s camp told Newshub “it is not quite over for Helen” because there’s still a chance unpredictable Russia could veto Georgieva.

The only chance Helen Clark has now is if she is pitched as the compromise candidate ahead of an East-West divide.


– Fairfax

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