The United Nations Secretary-General designate Antonio Guterres, left, is sworn in by Peter Thomson, president of the UN General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as secretary-general of the United Nations, becoming the ninth U.N. chief in the body's 71-year history.The former U.N. refugee chief was elected to the top job by acclamation in the General Assembly in October. After being sworn in by General Assembly President Peter Thomson, Guterres addressed the 193 member nations, saying the world body must work to simplify, decentralize and make more flexible its sprawling bureaucracy.An engineer by training, Guterres fought for migrants' rights over a decade as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 .Ban served two five-year terms.
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