UNITED NATIONS – Montenegro has nominated Foreign Minister Igor Luksic as a candidate for the post of UN Secretary General, the Southeastern European state’s diplomatic mission has notified UN members.
The letter was distributed to 192 member states in the name of UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and UN Security Council President Elbio Rosselli Frieri.
The election campaign to replace Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off in December 2015, after all member states received letters on the procedure to elect the next UN chief.
The UN Security Council recommends a candidate to the General Assembly, where he or she must garner no less than two-thirds of the votes to be appointed Secretary General, according to the UN Charter.
Luksic is the fifth candidate to run for the UN Secretary General post, all of whom hail from Southeastern and Central Europe.
Ban’s successor is slated to assume office on January 1, 2017, one day after the former South Korean prime minister steps down after two five-year terms.