Friday, October 17, 2014

Global Impact: Venezuela Secures One of Ten Non-Permanent Seats on UN Security Council

According to The Latin American Tribune, Venezuela was elected Thursday (October 16) to one of the 10 non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for the next two years, succeeding Argentina in one of two slots reserved for Latin American and Caribbean.

Facing no opposition within its region, Venezuela got the votes of 181 of the 193 member-states in the General Assembly.

This will be Venezuela’s fifth term on the Security Council and its first since 1993.

COMMENT: Caracas’ most recent previous bid, in 2006, ended in failure amid a protracted contest with rival candidate Guatemala that necessitated 47 rounds of voting by the General Assembly.

At the time, then-President Hugo Chávez accused the United States of pressuring countries to oppose Venezuela’s candidacy.

Washington took no official position on Venezuela’s aspirations this time, even after several senators called on US Secretary of State John Kerry to try to prevent the Andean nation from gaining a seat on the council.

Angola, Malaysia and New Zealand also obtained seats in Thursday’s first round of balloting in the General Assembly, while Spain outpolled Turkey 132-60 in a third round of voting to get the final spot.

Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria will continue to hold the other non-permanent seats for another year.

The Security Council’s five permanent members--the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France--each have the power to veto resolutions.

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