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India officially withdraws Tharoor's candidature

October 06, 2006 23:43 IST
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India on Friday formally withdrew Shashi Tharoor as its candidate for the post of United Nations Secretary General.

India handed over a letter to the president of the Security Council, formally withdrawing Tharoor's candidature, officials said.

Tharoor, the UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, had on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the race for the post of secretary general after South Korea's Ban Ki-Moon emerged the winner of the fourth straw poll among Security Council members.

He had then said the 62-year-old Ban was a clear winner and would be the next secretary general, succeeding Kofi Annan.

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