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P-5 privileges breached as UK blinks & Indian judge Bhandari elected to ICJ

The UK withdraws its candidate, leaving the field clear for Dalveer Bhandari, who had the overwhelming support of the UNGA

Devirupa Mitra | The Wire  |  New Delhi 

Dalveer Bhandari
India's Dalveer Bhandari wins second term at ICJ after UK pulls out of race. Photo: @AkbaruddinIndia (Twitter)

In a last-minute move at the on Monday afternoon EST, Britain withdrew its candidate for the International Court of Justice, leaving the field clear for Indian candidate to win the requisite majority in both the General Assembly and and be re-elected to the UN’s principal judicial organ.

This marks the first time that the UK has not been part of the since its inception in 1946 and breaks an unwritten rule – taken for granted by the big powers and the rest of the world – that the five permanent members of the (the P-5) are guaranteed a seat at the world court.

The news of Bhandari’s victory was broken on Twitter almost immediately by Syed Akbaruddin, Indian ambassador to the and principal coordinator of India’s campaign.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 15:17 IST