Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says she will remain in the contest to be the next Secretary General after a slight improvement in her results in the fourth straw poll of Security Council members.
(ed:.given her current placing – it would have to be a ‘change in fortunes’ for the other candidates worthy of a game of thrones finale – for clark to emerge victorious..
..but if anyone could pull off a game of thrones finale – and stagger out holding up the severed heads of her opponents – my money would be on clark..)
In the poll Portugal’s candidate Antonio Guterres remained highest ranked and had picked up 12 ‘encourages’ – one more than in the past two straw polls.
He still has two discourages but has topped all four straw polls.
Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak consolidated his massive leap in the third poll – he remained in second placing with 10 votes in support – four discouraging and one no opinion.
The highest ranked women were Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova and Argentina’s Susana Malcorra with seven encourages each.
After the last straw poll Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Prime Minister John Key said there was still no reason for Clark to drop out of the race because of the possibility of changes in candidates’ fortunes once the vetoes came into play.