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U.N. Close to a Decision on Next Secretary General

Monday, Oct. 2, 2006

UNITED NATIONS - A straw poll by the U.N. Security Council Monday could be decisive in selecting a successor to Secretary General Kofi Annan, who steps down Dec 31.

The outcome hangs on whether the front runner, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, is blocked by a negative vote from one or more of the five veto-wielding permanent Security Council members -- the United States, Britain, Russian, China, and France. ...

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