John and Helen, time to smell the coffee

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark is losing support in her historic bid to become the first woman to head the United Nations, but she has no plans to quit the race.

Miss Clark finished equal seventh in the UN Security Council’s fifth secret ballot held in New York on Monday for the soon-to-be vacant secretary-general’s position.

It was one position better than the fourth poll on September 9.

But, in a disappointing sign for her campaign, nine of the 15 countries on the Security Council gave her “discourage” votes, two more than the last poll.

Miss Clark told supporters she was continuing her campaign and looking forward to the next phase of the vote.

“Many thanks to UN Security Council members who continued to support me,” Miss Clark wrote on Twitter.

Miss Clark had just six “encourage” votes and no “no opinion” votes, well behind frontrunner former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres who once again topped the list with 12 “encourage”, “two discourage” and one “no opinion”.

It appears two countries that gave Miss Clark “no opinion” votes on September 9 switched over to the “discourage” camp.

She’s being told to stop wasting her time.   And by extension, so is John Key.

I guess we’ll all be puckered up until she figures out what to do next.   It’s clear enough she won’t come back to help Andrew Little out.  But retirement is unlikely, and she’s an awfully big fish to have flapping about the countryside.

“This was another positioning poll,” Miss Clark said in a statement following the vote.

“We did not expect the results to be very different from the previous poll and this turned out to be the case.

“There were more ‘discourage’ votes exercised against most candidates in this round. I am still in a group with most other candidates.

“I am pressing ahead towards the next poll.”

If she pulls this off I’ll call her Helen Spithill.


– Yahoo!  News

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