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After 71 years, the U.N. finally may choose a woman as secretary-general

After 71 years, the U.N. finally may choose a woman as secretary-general

The chatter these days in the halls of the labyrinthine United Nations complex almost resembles a contested U.S. political convention. Only the names and nationalities are different.

For the first time since the U.N. was founded in 1945, the 193 member states will choose a new secretary-general in a relatively open and apparently transparent election.

And for the first time, a woman could win.

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Voting, usually a secretive process of geopolitical deal-making, starts later this year, and the new term starts Jan. 1, 2017....

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