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Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan elected to UN Security Council

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly have elected Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body’s Security Council for…

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly have elected Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body’s Security Council for a period of two years, starting from January 2017.
A statement by UN media office said Bolivia and Ethiopia were chosen by their regional groups and had no competitors.
Kazakhstan, it added, won the seat reserved for Asia Pacific against Thailand, while the voting for Western Europe contested by Italy and the Netherlands yielded no clear winner.
The newly-elected countries will replace Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Angola and Venezuela.
Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security, with all UN Member States required to comply with Council decisions.
The Security Council has 15 members, including five permanent. The five permanent members, each with the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other current non-permanent members are Japan, Egypt, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.

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