The 193-member UN
General Assembly elected Jordan to the UN Security Council on
Friday to replace Saudi Arabia, which rejected its two-year term
in protest at the council's failure to end the Syria war and act
on other Middle East issues.
Saudi Arabia was elected in October to join the 15-member
council from Jan. 1, but in an unprecedented move Riyadh
declined the role a day after the vote.
While unopposed as the
replacement, Jordan still needed two-thirds approval by the
General Assembly. It was elected with 178 votes on Friday.