Saturday, October 18, 2008

Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Uganda Elected to U.N. Security Council

United_nations_2 The U.N. General Assembly has elected Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January next year. They will replace Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa when their terms on the 15-member body expire at the end of this year. Election to the Security Council is by secret ballot in the U.N. General Assembly. To be a winning candidate, a country must receive two-thirds majority of ballots of members present and voting. Formal balloting takes place even where there is only one declared candidate per available seat for a region.

In the African category, Uganda received 181 votes from the 192 members of the General Assembly. Madagascar, which was not a declared candidate, received two votes. Mexico was the only declared candidate in the Latin American and Caribbean grouping, and it picked up 185 votes. Brazil received one vote and there were six abstentions.

(mew)

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