#NextSG Bracket Buster

Did Miroslav Lajčák’s sudden cinderella upset/jump up 8 spots from 10th seed seriously screw up your #NextSG bracket?

Consider: Lajčák, as the foreign minister for Slovakia, told journalists on June 30, 2016, that the European Union (EU) needs to reconsider its relations with Moscow.

On July 1, 2016, Slovakia assumed 6 months presidency of EU and immediately “declared the intention to review European sanction policy on Russia.”

On August 29, 2016, Lajčák had nine votes of encouragement, five votes expressing discouragement and one with no opinion in the latest straw poll from the United Nations Security Council.

Russia is vehemently opposed to the only candidate ahead of Lajčák, Antonio Guterres, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the grounds that the position should go to an Eastern European. An Eastern European with pro-Moscow leanings in merely a boon.

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Revised Brackets in light of Lajčák’s remarkable leap.

(source: http://uatoday.tv/politics/slovakia-calls-to-rethink-sanctions-on-russia-684005.html and https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/antonio-guterres-united-nations-secretary-general

Full Straw Poll Results: https://twitter.com/TheUNTimes/status/770360959038808065)

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Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.

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