GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS AUSTRIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, TURKEY, UGANDA TO TWO-YEAR TERMS ON SECURITY COUNCIL

17 October 2008
GA/10768

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS AUSTRIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, TURKEY, UGANDA TO TWO-YEAR TERMS ON SECURITY COUNCIL

17 October 2008
General Assembly
GA/10768
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-third General Assembly

Plenary

28th Meeting (AM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS AUSTRIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, TURKEY, UGANDA

TO TWO-YEAR TERMS ON SECURITY COUNCIL

 

In only one round of voting, the General Assembly today elected Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda to serve as five non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2009.

They will fill the seats that will be vacated by Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa.  Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Viet Nam will continue to serve as elected Council members during 2009, for the second year of their respective terms.  All new Council members will take their seats on 1 January 2009.

The five non-permanent members were elected according to the following pattern:  two from Africa and Asia, one from Western Europe and Other States, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Voting Results

The results of the balloting were as follows:

African and Asian States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

1

Number of votes obtained:

191

Required majority:

128

Number of votes obtained by country:

Uganda

181

Japan

158

Iran

32

Madagascar

2

Latin American and Caribbean States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

6

Number of votes obtained:

186

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Mexico

185

Brazil

1

Western European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

0

Number of votes obtained:

192

Required majority:

128

Number of votes obtained by country:

Turkey

151

Austria

133

Iceland

87

Australia

1

Having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda were elected to the Security Council for two-year terms, beginning on 1 January 2009.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, 20 October, to discuss follow-up on the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolishment of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as to conclude its joint debate on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the causes of conflict and promotion of peace in Africa, and the 2001-2010 Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries.

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