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UN’s Ban Ki-Moon To Push Times Square 2017 Countdown Button

bkmUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will perform one last ceremonial duty before ending his 10-year leadership of the world body.

Organizers of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration announced Monday that Ban will push the Waterford crystal button to begin the official 60-second countdown to 2017.

The South Korean statesman was elected as the eighth secretary-general by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2006. Dec. 31 will be his last day in office. Antonio Guterres, of Portugal, will take over on Jan. 1.

Times Square Alliance head Tim Tompkins praised Ban’s legacy of “bringing people and nations together, supporting refugee relief efforts and opposing war.”

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Saturday in Times Square.


7 Responses

  1. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF!!! Ban Ki goes off to the Moon where he tries to make peace between the Sunnis and the Shiites who all come along to spread Sharia law in outer space. He is Banned forever from planet Earth Ki he failed so dismally; maybe he’ll do better on the Moon as it finally dawns on him who is the true obstacle to peace.

  2. Great choice!

    Something else that has lots of lights and makes a lot of noise and does nothing. He’s got 10 years under his belt of doing just that.

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