- Few thought that a split Security Council would be able to come together on a candidate
- Diplomats were quick to list the challenges the new leader will face
Richard Roth is CNN's senior UN correspondent. He's covered the UN for 23 years. The opinions in this article belong to the author.
(CNN)It seemed like a mirage at first. I was standing outside the UN Security Council chamber Wednesday morning. Media and diplomats stood around awaiting the results of the latest "straw poll" inside the Security Council on the 10 candidates still running to be the next UN secretary-general.