UNITED NATIONS (Web Desk) – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres has been officially nominated by the UN Security Council to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next United Nations secretary-general.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice during a closed-door session.

The UN General Assembly’s 193 member-states are now expected to approve Guterres as Ban’s successor at a vote expected to take place next week.

Guterres, 67, would replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea, who will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two terms. Guterres was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.