Jordan elected to take Saudi seat on UN Security Council

By REUTERS
December 6, 2013 18:35

 
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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.

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