Luksic was first to announce campaign expenses: It cost €60,000

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The race for the position of the new UN Secretary General continues without Montenegrin candidate Igor Luksic, who withdrew from the race yesterday. Luksic was the first to announce his campaign costs.

Luksic informed the president of the United Nations General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and the president of the Security Council of the UN Ramlan Bin Ibrahim that he was withdrawing his candidacy for the position of secretary general.

In a letter to senior representatives of the UN, Luksic pointed out that it was a great pleasure to participate in the process in which he got the chance to transparently present concrete measures and innovations to improve the interoperability of the UN.

Luksic has announced his campaign costs today on his Twitter account.


“As committed in April my travel expenses during the campaign were €34,626.44 and costs related for the preparation and presentation of the vision statement and the platform at different events are €24,204.89. No lobby firms”, Luksoc wrote on Twitter.

This means that Luksic’s campaign cost about €60,000.

Portuguese Antonio Guterres got the greatest support, but two countries did not support his candidacy. The former Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic is immediately behind him. His candidacy was supported by eight countries, four countries did not support his candidacy, whereas three of them abstained.

The only woman among the leading candidates is Susana Malcorra, who has eight votes of support, and six against.

The candidates are also former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srdjan Kerim, Natalija German from Moldova, New Zealander Helen Clark, Slovak Miroslav Lajcak and Christian Figueres from Costa Rica.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro