Rwanda, Argentina and Aus get UN seats

2012-10-18 20:57
Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman casts a ballot during the United Nations General Assembly session. (AFP)

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman casts a ballot during the United Nations General Assembly session. (AFP)

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New York - Rwanda, Argentina and Australia won non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Each needed at least 129 votes from among the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly. Rwanda got 148, while Australia took 140 and Argentina 182.

Each year the 15-member council, the UN's most powerful committee, renews five of its 10 non-permanent seats, assigning them on a regional basis.

Two seats remained up for grabs as of mid-day as voting rounds proceeded.

For the Asia-Pacific region, it was between South Korea, Bhutan and Cambodia, while for the so-called Western European and Others Group, Finland and Luxembourg were vying for the last seat.

The five holders of new seats take them up in January for a two-year stint.

The permanent members, wielding veto power, are the United States, China, France, Britain and Russia.

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