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Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, Vietnam elected UNSC non-permanent members

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and were Friday elected as non-permanent members of the for a two year term beginning January 1, 2020.

The 193-member UN held elections for five non-permanent members of the in the iconic hall.

In the African and category, got 192 out of 193 votes, followed by and (191 votes each).

In the and category, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected after having secured 185 votes. in the group got only 6 votes.

In the Eastern European States category, got 111 votes while got 78.

and got only one vote each, eliciting laughs and jeers from the UN Member States present in the hall.

Since a Member State had to get the required 2/3 majority of 128 votes to be elected, a round of restricted ballot was undertaken to select a winning State from among and Romania, who had got the largest number of votes in the previous ballot.

After the first round of restricted ballot, was elected after having got 132 votes.

The Security Council, the most powerful organ of the UN, has 15 members - five permanent members China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

Currently the 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, and

The two-year terms of Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, and will end in 2019 and the newly elected members Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and will take their seats at the Council's horse-shoe table on January 1, 2020.

has been leading efforts for decades to reform the saying it rightly deserves a place as a of the Council, which in its current form does not represent the geo-political realities of the 21st Century.

had last served as a non-of the Council for the year 2011-12 under then Indian to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri.

India's former Permanent to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji had told that the country will contest the elections for a non-seat of the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term, preparations for which will now soon begin.

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First Published: Fri, June 07 2019. 22:05 IST