new countries voted as UN Security Council members
Media WASHINGTON—The UN General Assembly has elected five new non-permanent members to the UN Security Council.
Saudi Arabia, Chad, Nigeria, Chile, and Lithuania will serve for two
years on the 15-member Security Council, starting January 1, 2014.
All five countries ran unopposed in the October 17 election, but they
still needed approval from two-thirds of the General Assembly. They will
replace Morocco, Togo, Pakistan, Guatemala, and Azerbaijan.
Chad, Saudi Arabia, and Lithuania have never served on the U.N.'s most
powerful body, while Nigeria and Chile have both been on the Council
four times previously. The Security Council has five veto-wielding
permanent members -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and
China—and 10 non-permanent members.