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Diplomats:Ex-Portuguese minister tops poll for next UN chief

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia's former president Danilo Turk.

Two diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the vote was secret, said three candidates had the same support for third place — Irina Bokova of Bulgaria who heads UNESCO, Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian foreign minister Srgjan Kerim.

The 15 council members decided not to reveal the results of their voting to "encourage," ''discourage," or express "no opinion" about the 12 candidates — unlike...

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