The United Nations Security Council is set to conduct an informal vote on Monday, September 26, that is thought to be decisive in the race for the next UN Secretary General.
The ambassadors of 15 countries to the UN (the 15 ones currently in the Security Council) will be able to "encourage", "discourage" or give "no opinion" each one of the nine candidates.
Irina Bokova, the Bulgarian candidacy, slumped to the "fifth position" (by number of encourage votes) in the previous straw poll early in September, down from the third place in an earlier vote, with her performance fuelling speculation the Bulgarian government might raise instead the nomination of Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources.
Sofia said Bokova would remain the Bulgarian candidate, but gave hear a "deadline" until September 26 to improve her standing in the straw poll where former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres and Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak currently have the best results.
Some sources consider Georgieva to be a possible "late entry" in the race.
Sofia News Agency