Portugal's Antonio Guterres is set to be the next United Nations Secretary-General.
It comes after none of the five UN Security Council veto powers — China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US — voted against him in a secret ballot today.
It paved the way for Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief, to replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, who is due to step down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.
"Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favourite and his name is Antonia Guterres," Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters.
"We have decided to go to a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, and we hope it can be done by acclamation," said Churkin, who is council president for October.
The Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors before it can recommend a candidate to the 193-member General Assembly for election.
The Security Council's resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes to pass.