On June 7, 2019, Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam were elected to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as Non-permanent Members for a 2-year term beginning January 1, 2020.
- The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had held elections for 5 non-permanent members of the Security Council in the General Assembly hall. UNGA has 193 members.
- In the African and Asia Pacific category, Vietnam secured192 out of 193 votes while Niger and Tunisia got 191 votes each.
- In the Latin America and Caribbean category, St. Vincent and the Grenadines were elected as it had secured 185 votes. El Salvador, which was in the group, got only 6 votes.
- In the Eastern European States category, Estonia got 111 votes whereas Romania secured 78 votes.
- Georgia and Latvia secured only one vote each.
- As 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 Estonia and Romania. Estonia was selected with 132 votes.
- The Security Council has 15 members – 5 permanent members namely China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom& the United States and 10 non-permanent members who are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. At present, 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.
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