Former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic on Thursday withdrew her nomination for the post of UN secretary-general.
Pusic said in a press release that after the first round of voting at the Security Council, it became clear that the election of the new secretary-general would focus on a nominee from the UN, either a person who worked or had worked there.
She said the results of the first vote showed that her chances were not realistic, although there were several more rounds of voting ahead. "For that reason, I am withdrawing my candidacy for the post of UN secretary-general and I will not participate in further activities related to this election."
Pusic, one of 12 nominees for UN secretary-general, received the least votes after the first round of voting at the Security Council, diplomats said earlier.