Helen Clark sliding further backwards

Helen Clark

Not looking good for hells bells

Miss Clark came in eighth in Friday’s fourth straw poll for the next secretary-general, one place lower than the previous two polls.

The established frontrunner, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, came out on top again.

While the vote could swing drastically in the final days with the Security Council’s permanent members – the US, Russia, China, France and Britain – holding vetoes that could strike Mr Guterres and other favourites out, Miss Clark’s slip in the standings is a setback to her campaign.

She was given six “encourage”, seven “discourage” and two “no opinion” votes.

In the only positive sign, in the third poll she had six “encourage”, eight “discourage” and one “no opinion”.

Russia has been lobbying strongly for an eastern European candidate so could eliminate Mr Guterres with their veto, while other nations, including the US, are believed to be pushing for the next UN secretary-general to be a woman.

In the first poll Miss Clark came sixth and in the second and third polls she fell to seventh.

There remains a theoretical chance that she’ll make it once the top 5 countries have exercised their veto rights, but even then, she’s sliding too far back now.  Seven “discourage” votes is a clear signal she’s not wanted.

Still, she’s managed to pull other miracles from the fire.  And she’s still in there giving it all she’s got.


– Yahoo! News

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