Tharoor UN Nomination Flops
According to reports (5th October):
"The Security Council has conducted four straw polls, on 24 July, 14 September, 28 September and 2 October in which each of the 15 member states were asked whether they would 'encourage' or 'discourage' each of the official candidates (or if they had 'no opinion' on the candidate). Ban Ki-moon topped each of these polls. In the fourth poll, Ban emerged as the only candidate with the support of all five permanent members, each of whom has the power to veto candidates. After the vote, Shashi Tharoor, who finished second, withdrew his candidacy and China's Permanent Representative to the UN told reporters that 'it is quite clear from today's straw poll that Minister Ban Ki-moon is the candidate that the Security Council will recommend to the General Assembly'."
For the record, Tharoor ran a close second in each of the straw polls and finally withdrew from the race after the results of the fourth straw poll were revealed, telling reporters that he was “confident that Ban will win”.
On the 9th October, the Security Council announced its formal nomination of Ban Ki-moon (South Korean candidate) as Secretary General for a 5-year term to run from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2011. After the withdrawal of Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Ban Ki-moon was the sole candidate for the position. His appointment will take effect after the 192 member General Assembly gives final approval.
This news will bring relief and joy to the worried and anxious hearts who feared the consequences brought about by Sai Baba's man in the UN wielding power like anything. Despite his questionable devotion to Sathya Sai Baba, Tharoor's nomination has proven unsuccessful and this yet another occasion where the goons of Puttaparthi will tear out their hair and scream in frustration, having lost yet another opportunity to publicise and boast of their attainments as well as the expected pride and preening about the man from Kerala rising to a position of global power.
Politicians and rising stars take note: Sai Baba brings bad luck. The last great politician who was claimed to be in receipt of the Baba's blessings was a certain Mr. Gore in the year 2000. And we all know what happened there...
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