It appears that Ban Ki-moon is rolling out the endorsements prior to Monday’s colored straw poll, presenting himself as Asia’s consensus candidate.
Sri Lankan press is reporting that Dhanapala and Sri Lanka are throwing support behind Ban.
AP is reporting that Japan will endorse at an upcoming event. The Japanese Foreign Minister has been quoted as saying:
Assuming a summit meeting can be arranged, (Japan’s endorsement) would be offered at that point.
The only question at this point is who the sole discourage vote was on Thursday’s straw poll and whether more will occur as a consequence of allegations of corruption or improprieties in the way that Ban has fought the campaign. Speculation is that the UK was responsible for the “discourage” as a delaying tactic. There is a chance that the news stories may solidify that, further encouraging more candidates, which has been the standard line of the UK and the US.
Tomorrow will be quite interesting.