Politics By Graham Sharpe

Former Kiwi PM Front Runner For UN Sec Gen- But Will She Have To Beat Blair And Obama?

With former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark formally announcing that she is running for UN Secretary General, bookmakers William Hill have installed her as 7/2 (stake 2 for profit of 7; 22% chance) joint favourite to be the next to take on the role.

But William Hill believe she will have plenty of opposition for the job, and are also quoting Bulgarian politician, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO as 7/2 joint favourite.

'This looks to be a wide open race, although the mood music seems to indicate that there is a desire to appoint a woman to the role for the first time' said William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Also in the William Hill contenders' list are Angela Merkel (8/1),Tony Blair(14/1), David Cameron(33/1), and Barack Obama(25/1).

William Hill: Who will be appointed as the next Secretary General of the United Nations?

7/2 JOINT FAVOURITES: Helen Clark (NZ) & Irina Bokova (Bulgaria)

7/1 Vuk Jeremic (Serbia)....Pres of Center (sic) for Internatioal Relations & Sustainable Development; Pres Tennis Federation of Serbia.

8/1 Angela Merkel (Germany)

9/1 Michelle Bachelet (President of Chile)

12/1 Danilo Turk (former President of Slovenia)

14/1 Tony Blair (UK)

16/1 Maria Angela (Minister Foreign Affairs,Colombia)

16/1 Antonio Guterres (former Portuguese PM)

16/1 Vesna Pusic (Dep Speaker, Croatian Parliament)

20/1 Natalia Gherman (Moldova)

20/1 Jan Kubis (Slovakia)

25/1 Federica Mogherini (Italy)

25/1 Barack Obama (USA)

25/1 Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Denmark)

25/1 Kevin Rudd (Australia)

33/1 David Cameron (UK)

Others on request