UN confirms Ban Ki-moon for second five-year term

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday confirmed Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as Secretary General.

Last week, the UN Security Council passed by a majority vote a resolution recommending Ban for a new term to head the United Nations.

Members of 192 nations of the UN General Assembly approved Ban Ki-moon for his second term as Secretary General by applause and did not conduct an official vote count.

No other candidates were put forward for the high-ranking diplomatic position.

Ban’s current term officially expires on December 31, 2011.

A South Korean native, Ban, 67, studied international relations at the University of Seoul and then in Harvard. In 2003, he was a special presidential advisor of South Korea for diplomatic issues and then became foreign minister. In 2006, he was elected for his first term as the UN chief.

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