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Australia’s former PM Rudd throws hat in ring for top U.N. job

Australia’s former PM Rudd throws hat in ring for top U.N. job

by July 19, 2016 World News


SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has officially requested the support of his country’s new government to back a bid for the top job at the United Nations, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.

Rudd, a fluent Mandarin-speaker, had been rumored to be garnering support to replace U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he steps down at the end of 2016, after a second, five-year term.[restrict]

“Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian government nominate him, and as the prime minister has indicated on a number of occasions that’ll be a matter for the cabinet,” Bishop told Australia’s Channel 7 television.

“I’ll certainly put the matter forward. It’ll be a matter for the cabinet.”

Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce his cabinet on Monday after a closely-fought July 2 national poll. Turnbull’s conservative Liberal-National coalition is split on whether to support Rudd, a member of Australia’s opposition Labor party.

There are more than a dozen high-profile candidates vying for the position, including former U.N climate chief Christiana Figueres, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria; former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. (Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Michael Perry) [/restrict]

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