Moldova nominates ex-Foreign Minister for UN chief candidacy

Other News Materials 21 February 2016 01:24 (UTC +04:00)

The Moldovan government nominated former foreign minister Natalia Gherman's candidacy for the UN Secretary General post, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said in a written address to the leaders of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, Sputnik reported.

Gherman, daughter of former President Mircea Snegur, most recently served as acting prime minister from June to July 2015. She held the foreign ministerial post from 2013 to January 2016.

"We have the honour to forward a communication received from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova presenting Ms. Natalia Gherman as a candidate for the position of Secretary-General," Filip wrote in a letter dated February 19.

Gherman joins six other candidates to succeed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the majority of whom hail from East and Central Europe.

Ban's successor is slated to assume office on January 1, 2017, one day after the former South Korean prime minister steps down after two five-year terms.

According to the UN Charter, the UN Security Council recommends a candidate to the General Assembly, where he or she must garner no less than two-thirds of the votes to be appointed Secretary General.