In the News
6 December 2013
In a special election held to fill one of the non-permament seats on the UN Security Council that was left vacant last month when Saudi Arabia refused its election to the Council, the General Assembly voted to elect Jordan to the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014. Jordan received 178 of the 179 valid ballot votes, well surpassing the required two-thirds majority. The 179th vote went to Saudi Arabia.
On 6 December at 10:00am EST the General Assembly will hold an extraordinary election to fill the seat refused by Saudi Arabia in the October regular election. On 18 November, Jordan formally submitted its candidacy for the vacant seat, and has been endorsed for election by the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States. The election is expected to be a "clean slate" election, as no other country announced candidacy.
For more information, please see Security Council Report's article on the election.
Less than 24 hours after receiving 176 votes to win an uncontested election for one of the five open non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia has announced that it declines its election and will not sit on the Council for the 2014-2015 term.
The move seemed to come as a surprise to the Saudi Mission to the UN, as the Mission office had spent months bolstering staff and receiving extra training on Security Council rules and procedures, and after the election yesterday, the Permanent Representative thanked all the member states for their support and provided gifts to the members of the General Assembly (a customary practice for those elected). Then on the morning of October 18th, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement that the country would not accept its election.
On 17 October the UN General Assembly held elections for five open non-permanent seats on the Security Council. The newly elected states are: Chad and Nigeria (for the African Group), Saudi Arabia (for the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States), Chile (from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), and Lithuania (from the Eastern European Group). There were no seats open in the Western European and Others Group.
All of the states elected were done so in "clean slate" elections (without significant opposition and only requiring one round of voting). In order to be elected, states needed to garner at least a two-thirds majority of states considered "present and voting".
On 17 October 2013 the General Assembly will elect five nonpermanent members to the Security Council for the 2014-2015 term. The elections will be held to replace five countries whose terms are ending this year: Togo and Morocco (from the African Group), Pakistan (from the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States), Guatemala (from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), and Azerbaijan (from the Eastern European Group). Neither of the two seats allotted to the Western European and Others Group is up for election this year.
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