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Vietnam chosen as UNSC member for first time

October 18, 2007

Vietnam chosen as UNSC member for first time

Vietnam was elected as a member of the U.N. Security Council representing the Asian bloc for the first time on Tuesday.

The U.N. General Assembly met earlier in the day to elect five non-permanent members of the council. The assembly also elected Libya and Burkina Faso from Africa for a two-year term starting in 2008.

The elections, held at the U.N. headquarters in New York, were done in accordance with the Security Council's rotation rules, under which half of the ten non-permanent seats rotate among various regional blocs every year.
The council's permanent members are Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
The assembly will repeat voting to elect the remaining two seats until a successful candidate garner the necessary two-third of votes.

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