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Jakarta set for UN Security Council seat

120 countries, including those in Asean, said to back its bid for a two-year term on council

Indonesia appears poised to take the Asia-Pacific seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), when the 193-member UN General Assembly votes to appoint five new members next month.

About 120 countries, including its close neighbours in the Asean regional bloc, are said to back its bid to be a non-permanent member of the UNSC for a two-year term starting in January 2019. Indonesia needs two-thirds, or about 129, of votes in a secret ballot to be elected.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Jakarta set for UN Security Council seat'. Print Edition | Subscribe