U.N. Secretary General candidate Igor Luksic, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro, responds to questions in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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The United Nations Tuesday opened the first-ever hearings of candidates seeking to become the next secretary-general, lifting some of the secrecy surrounding the choice for the world's top diplomat.Over the next three days, eight contenders are expected to take the podium before the General Assembly's 193 nations to lay out their vision for the job and answer questions. For decades, the choice of the U.N. chief has been firmly in the hands of the Security Council and its five permanent members – Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States – in a process largely kept behind closed doors.Final polling is expected to take place in September, when the 15-member council will submit one nominee to the General Assembly, which is expected to endorse the choice.Russia has said that the next U.N. chief should come from that region and six eastern European countries have put forward candidates.
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