Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway elected to U.N. Security Council, one seat still open
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, but the 193 member states of the United States will have to return on Thursday to vote further and occupy another free space after it there was no clear winner.
Canada lost to Ireland and Norway in a hotly contested election in which Ireland sought the help of U2 singer Bono, taking United States ambassadors to a U2 concert and Canada envoys to a Celine Dion concert.
Mexico and India were elected without opponents. Kenya and Djibouti fought for last place, but there was no clear winner.
In order to ensure geographical representation, the seats are assigned to regional groups. But even if the candidates in your group run without opponents, they need to win the support of more than two-thirds of the United States General Assembly.
The new members will begin their two-year term on the 15-member Council on January 1st.
After practicing coronavirus pandemics since March, diplomats - wearing masks and social distance - returned to the General Assembly hall on Wednesday to deliver their secret ballots at certain times.
They also - without contradiction - elected Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir as president of the 75th session of the United States General Assembly. He will take on the role later this year.
The Security Council is the only body in the United States that can make legally binding decisions, such as imposing sanctions and authorizing the use of violence. It has five permanent veto members - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.
(Michelle Nichols reporting; Peter Cooney editor)
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