Australia government refuses to nominate former leader for top UN job
July 29, Sydney: Australia's government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat's hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.
Rudd, the New York-based president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, had hoped Australia's conservative government would take the crucial step of formally nominating him to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when Ban's second five-year term ends on Dec. 31, the Associated Press reported.
But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he didn't feel Rudd was qualified for the job and would not support his bid.
Turnbull told reporters that: "There is a fundamental threshold point and it is this: Does the government believe, do we believe, do I as prime minister believe that Mr. Rudd is well suited for that role? My considered judgment is that he is not."
Turnbull declined to explain why he felt the former leader of the opposition center-left Labor Party was an unsuitable candidate, but said his decision was not motivated by political partisanship.
The Oslo Times International News Network