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Jordan elected to Saudi Arabia's rejected UN Security Council seat

Published on Dec 7, 2013 1:08 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Jordan was on Friday elected to a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council, taking the seat that Saudi Arabia won and then rejected in a protest over Syria's civil war.

Jordan, which will take up the seat on January 1, won 178 votes from among the 193 members of the UN General Assembly and was the only candidate put forward for the vacant post.

Saudi Arabia shocked other nations by announcing on October 18 that it would not take up the seat it had been awarded the previous day, citing the council's failure to act on the Syria conflict.

Last month, diplomats said Jordan had been reluctant to take up the Asia-Pacific seat on the 15-nation Security Council but had been persuaded to do so by Riyadh.

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