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Clark should stay in the race: King

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/08/2016

Labour's deputy leader Annette King says Helen Clark should stay in the race to be the next United Nations secretary-general and believes the former prime minister has a 50-50 chance of winning.

Miss Clark hasn't done well in the two straw polls the Security Council has held as it tries to reach a consensus on a candidate it can recommend to the General Assembly.

She was sixth in the first, out of 12 candidates, and seventh in the second when there were 11 candidates because one had dropped out.

Miss Clark said after the second poll she would consider her position, and Ms King said she shouldn't quit now.

"I think she should stay in because the Security Council is notorious for not agreeing," she said on Newshub's Paul Henry Show on Friday.

"I think it's 50-50 because if they can't agree she could come through as the compromise candidate."

Earlier this month a comment by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he thought it was time a woman held the job raised hopes that Miss Clark's bid was still alive.

The next straw poll is due to take place early next week.

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