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(Nov 02, 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.)

Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
Topic: International affairs More on this topic
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