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Guterres Re-appoints Nigeria’s Mohammed as UN Deputy Secretary General


The newly re-elected United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez, has reappointed Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed as deputy secretary-general for a second term.

Guterres was on Friday returned to the position of Secretary General of the 193-nation assembly as his first term of five years winds down.

The 15-member Security Council earlier this month recommended the General Assembly re-appoint Guterres.

His second term starts on January 1, 2022.

Guterres had succeded Ban Ki-moon in 2017 just weeks before Donald Trump became U.S. president.

Following his re-appointment, the Secretary General extended an offer to Mohammed to continue in office.

“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept,” Guterres told journalists after taking the oath of office.

Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres at the press briefing, responded with the comment “absolute honour”.

Before her appointment as deputy secretary-general in 2017, Mohammed was Nigeria’s Minister of Environment under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.



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