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Clark seventh, not giving up UN bid

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

Helen Clark © Getty Images Helen Clark Former prime minister Helen Clark's "struggle continues" as her position remains unchanged in her bid to become the next United Nations Secretary-General.

She placed seventh in the latest straw poll in New York on Monday (US time), receiving six encourage votes from the 15-member United Nations Security Council.

"Many thanks to UN Security Council members for continued support for #Helen4SG. La lucha continua. #NextSG #She4SG," she tweeted.

The Spanish phrase translates as "the struggle continues".

Miss Clark also shared a tweet describing the five female candidates, who make up half the field, as "truly spectacular".

The results, which are not publicly announced by the United Nations, were leaked to the media within minutes of the vote and quickly distributed on social media.

They show Miss Clark received discourage votes from eight nations, as a well as one no opinion vote.

The position is the same result she achieved in the second poll, but one place below that of the first poll.

Only 10 candidates remain in the race after Croatia and Montenegro's hopeful's withdrew earlier in August.

Former Portugese prime minister Antonio Gutterres remains favourite to replace Ban Ki-Moon later this year, with Slovakian foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak moving up to second.

Prime Minister John Key is continuing to back Miss Clark, who he says could be a compromise candidate if the permanent five countries - the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia - can't settle on one.

He revealed on Monday that he would make a further appeal to US President Barack Obama at the East Asia Summit in Laos next week if Miss Clark were to survive the poll.

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