South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon has been nominated by the UN Security Council as the successor to Secretary General Kofi Annan. Mr Annan is due to step down on 31 December after heading the UN for two five-year terms.

The 15 council members confirmed their choice for the eighth UN chief in a formal vote on the issue.

The 62-year-old Mr Ban had won all four of the council’s informal polls and his five opponents had withdrawn from the race.

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