Igor Luksic

UN diplomats: Portugal's Guterres tops poll for UN chief

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the second informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, but unlike the first round he got two "discourage" votes, leaving the contest in play, U.N. diplomats said Friday.

Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic moved up from third to second place followed by Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra who jumped from eighth place to third place, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because voting was secret.

The 15 Security Council members decided not to reveal the results of their voting to "encourage," ''discourage," or express "no...