Helen Clark has vowed to stay in the fight for United Nations Secretary-General, tweeting "la lucha continua" which translates to "the fight continues".
The former New Zealand Prime Minister came seventh out of 10 competitors in the latest United Nations poll to decide the Secretary-General on Tuesday morning.
Leaked results show Clark had six 'encourage' voters, eight 'discourage' and one 'no opinion' votes from the 15 Security Council members.
Clark's tweet uses the "la lucha" phrase popularised by freedom fighter Che Guevara.
Although Clark finished seventh, she clearly feels she can be a compromise candidate if one of the five super-power candidates uses the veto against the frontrunners.
The leader is António Guterres, a former Portugal Prime Minister who has 11 encourage votes.
Irina Bokova, from Bulgaria, is the highest-ranking female candidate, coming third.