The second president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki has been elected as the new United Nations Secretary-General as Ban Ki-moon brings his term to an end.
Thabo Mbeki’s win comes after winning 93.6% of votes cast during the UN’s elections for Ban Ki-moon’s successor.
This is the first time a candidate has led by such a margin since its formation in 1945.
Ban said he feels that after eight men have led, “it’s high time now” for a female secretary-general, stating he strongly believes women should be “given equal opportunities” but voters did not put into consideration as they saw Thabo Mbeki as right candidate for the top job.
There were 11 candidates in the running to take the place of Ban — six men and five women.
While Ban did not share his favorite candidate, he said there are “many distinguished, motivated women leaders who can really change this world, who can actively engage with the other leaders of the world.”
Thabo Mbeki is a South African politician who served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. On 20 September 2008, with about nine months left in his second term, Mbeki announced his resignation after being recalled by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, following a conclusion by judge C. R. Nicholson of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), including the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption.
On 12 January 2009, the Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously overturned judge Nicholson’s judgment but the resignation stood.