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Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

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Portugal's former PM was most recently the UN high commissioner for refugees.

Axar.az informs, a former prime minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres, will be sworn in today as the new secretary general of the United Nations.

Guterres, 67, served as prime minister from 1995 to 2002, and was UN high commissioner for refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He was formally named the world's top diplomat in October and will start his new role Jan. 1.

The swearing-in ceremony is expected to start at 10 a.m. ET in the UN's General Assembly hall in New York City. Guterres was selected through a new process, which included the first-ever televised town hall debates between the 12 candidates. The selection process was changed to allow public discussion and more transparency about how the secretary general is chosen.

Guterres will take over from Ban Ki-moon, secretary general for the past decade.

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2016.12.12 / 21:14
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