Zeid, Ghani leave the field; Jordan recalls envoy over vote

Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein and Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani formally ended their campaigns for UNSG today.

In a letter to the president of the UN Security Council, Zeid offered warmest congratulations to Ban Ki-Moon, the candidate of South Korea who ranked first in the latest straw poll and is likely to be endorsed as the next secretary-general. 

… Ghani congratulated the council, in a letter to the president, on reaching consensus on the next secretary-general.

Zeid’s departure comes after Jordan’s ambassador to Qatar was recalled after that government supported Ban Ki Moon over Zeid, who was the Arab consensus candidate.

“What concerns more in Jordan is not the offensive act against us, but [Qatar’s] lack of commitment to a unanimous Arab League decision to nominate Prince Zeid for the post,” Government Spokesperson Nasser Judeh told reporters yesterday…

According to Judeh, Qatar spoke at the meeting of a “moral commitment” to another candidate.

“But this candidate was not the South Korean [Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon],” Judeh said. He did not elaborate. 

Qatari media accused the move of being “unjustifiable and deliberately aimed at instigating a crisis between the two countries.”

…Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jabr Al Thani, Qatar’s First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, said in an interview to Al Jazeera channel on Tuesday evening that Qatar was “surprised and regretful” but would respect Jordan’s decision. “We are really surprised that Jordan is blaming Qatar for the failure of its candidate when 13 other members of the UN Security Council also voted for the South Korean candidate,” he said.

He said Qatar had already shifted its backing to South Korea’s Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon. “We said that at the Arab League meeting and the Jordanian foreign minister knows that well.”

Vike-Frieberga and Surakiart remain in the race leading up to Monday’s formal vote.

2 Responses to “Zeid, Ghani leave the field; Jordan recalls envoy over vote”

  1. […] Zeid was a candidate for UN Secretary General along with Ban Ki-moon in 2008. He ran on a platform of “A 21st Century United Nations,” in which he outlined five core principles which he felt would allow the organization to respond the crises more effectively. His late entry into the race cost him political momentum and his candidacy quickly sank. During the first color-coded straw poll, his candidacy was “discouraged” by one of the permanent members and he soon withdrew. […]

  2. […] Zeid was a candidate for UN Secretary General along with Ban Ki-moon in 2006. He ran on a platform of “A 21st Century United Nations,” in which he outlined five core principles which he felt would allow the organization to respond the crises more effectively. His late entry into the race cost him political momentum and his candidacy quickly sank. During the first color-coded straw poll, his candidacy was “discouraged” by one of the permanent members and he soon withdrew. […]

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