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Clinton backs Blair as future UN head

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/14/uclinton.xml&sSheet=/portal/2006/01/14/ixportaltop.html Clinton backs Blair as future UN head
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      Clinton backs Blair as future UN head
      (Filed: 14/01/2006)

      Bill Clinton, the former American president, has given
      Tony Blair his backing as a future secretary general
      of the United Nations.

      Mr Clinton said Mr Blair would make a "good" head for
      the international organisation when he steps down as
      Prime Minister, as he has promised he will do before
      the next general election.

      Current secretary general Kofi Annan's term in office
      ends on December 31 this year.

      Many Westminster watchers believe Mr Blair wants to
      stay in 10 Downing Street until 2008 at least, but he
      is thought to be ambitious to move on to another
      leading role on the world stage.

      Mr Clinton last night told the BBC that he had
      discussed the future with Mr Blair and told him there
      was "a lot of good you can do in the world" after
      leaving Number 10.

      He also hinted at he millions of pounds Mr Blair could
      expect to earn from speaking engagements, books and
      directorships following his retirement as PM.

      Asked if the Prime Minister should run for UN
      secretary general, Mr Clinton responded: "That would
      suit me. He would be a good one."
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