Egypt defeats 'new' Libya for UN atom body seat

September 22, 2011 20:42

VIENNA - Libya's new rulers may be basking in international goodwill after Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow but that support failed to win them a coveted UN atomic agency board seat on Thursday when most delegates backed neighboring Egypt instead.

In a rare display of regional disunity on nominating members for the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the African group failed to agree on which two countries should represent them over the next two years.

Egypt and Libya, which have both seen the overthrow of strongmen this year, both sought one of the two African seats, alongside Tanzania.

The issue had to be settled by a vote in the full plenary of the annual gathering of the IAEA's 151 member states, which Egypt went on to win by 87 ballots against 28 for Libya.

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