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United Nations; Vietnam: Non-Permanent Security Council Member Status

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted almost unanimously (183 out of 190 votes) in favor of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam becoming a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council for the 2008-2009 term. Libya, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, and Croatia were also elected to serve a two-year term on the Council, which comprises five permanent members with veto power and ten non-permanent members. In order to win election to the Council, countries must receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast. Five countries leave the body each year, to be replaced by five others from the same region. Vietnam and Croatia are first-time members. (Warren Hoge, Libya and Vietnam Elected to UN Security Council, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, Oct. 16, 2007, available at http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/16/africa/nations.php; Five Non-Permanent Security Council Members Elected for Seats Starting Next Year, UN NEWS CENTRE, Oct. 16, 2007, available at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24304&Cr=security&Cr1= council.)