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Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Spain join the Security Council

Friday, October 17th 2014 - 06:04 UTC
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The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016. The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016.
Two rounds of restricted balloting to elect Spain were needed. Turkey was the losing contender for that seat. Two rounds of restricted balloting to elect Spain were needed. Turkey was the losing contender for that seat.

In three rounds of voting on Thursday the United Nations General Assembly elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.

The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016.

Angola Malaysia, Venezuela and New Zealand were elected in the first vote. The Assembly then held two rounds of restricted balloting to elect Spain to fill the remaining seat on the Council open to the Western European and Other States Group. Turkey was the other contender for that seat.

The 193-member UN General Assembly elected Venezuela with 181 votes, Malaysia with 187 votes, Angola with 190 votes, and New Zealand with 145.

The five overall seats available for election in 2014, distributed regionally, were: one seat for the African Group (currently held by Rwanda); one seat for the Group of Asia- Pacific Group (currently held by the Republic of Korea); one seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, (currently held by Argentina); and two seats for the Western European and Others Group (currently held by Australia and Luxembourg).

Lithuania will maintain for another year, the seat for the Eastern European Group.

The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Along with Lithuania, the non-permanent members that will remain on the Council until the end of 2015 are Chad, Chile, Jordan, and Nigeria.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Each of the Council’s members has one vote. Under the Charter, all UN Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
 

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  • BOTINHO

    Followed by other the equally responsible well-run governments of Zimbabwe and North Korea.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 07:43 am 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Yep, the old Chinese curse is there to haunt us. We do indeed live in interesting times.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 08:37 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Well anything was possible when years back Libya made it on the Human Rights Counsel. I expect to see North Korea in there next.

    Oct 17th, 2014 - 09:29 am 0
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