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    Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak will be an official candidate for the UN Secretary-General post, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Slovakian government will nominate Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak as its candidate for the post of the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday, local media reported Tuesday.

    "Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak will be an official candidate for the UN Secretary-General post. The government intends to approve his candidacy during tits Wednesday session," a source told Slovakian Sme newspaper.

    Earlier in March, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said that the government would approve Lajcak's candidacy.

    Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's powers expire in December 2016. Seven European candidates are competing for his post. According to the UN Charter, 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.


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