It’s over for Hels

Poor Helen Clark…she’s done and dusted in her bid to be boss of the world.

Helen Clark’s bid for the top job at the United Nations has finally been sunk, with the Security Council unanimously endorsing another candidate.

The Government says it has no regrets about backing Clark, with the campaign “well worth it” given the chance to promote a Kiwi on the world stage.

In the sixth straw poll for the UN secretary-general position, former Portugese prime minister?Antonio?Guterres was announced as the winner, with a formal endorsement “by acclamation”?to take place on Friday (NZ time). ?

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to reporters surrounded by ambassadors from the 14 other council nations after they held their sixth informal poll of the 10 candidates behind closed doors.

Clark herself received six “encourage” votes, eight “discourages” and one “no opinion”, with three vetoes used against her by the Security Council’s five permanent members.

She?was quick to congratulate Guterres, calling him a “clear winner”.

In a statement, Clark said she knew of Guterres’ abilities from working with him both as Prime Minister and at the UN.

“Antonio has the knowledge and experience to lead the United Nations well, and I wish him every success.”

Clark said she “deeply appreciate[d] the full support I have had throughout my campaign” from the Government, Parliament and the NZ public, as well as others around the world.

“To all who supported my campaign, I thank you for your confidence in me and your many messages of support and encouragement.”

Perhaps John Key might like to stop endorsing things and people…that’s two losses from two now. To be fair the flag and Helen aren’t the most useful candidates to promote.


– Fairfax