Venezuela returns to UN Security Council

As a non-permanent member, the country will not have veto power, but will participate in decision making for the coming two years.

Laura Bécquer Paseiro

On October 16, Venezuela was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, with the support of 181 member states, among 193 voting, and will take the place of Argentina representing Latin America and the Caribbean.

Venezuela has served as a non-permanent member previously, during 1962-1963 and 1992-1993, and will not have veto power, but will participate in decision making for the coming two years.

The UN Security Council currently includes 15 states, five permanent members with veto power (United States, Russia, China, UK and France) plus 10 elected by the General Assembly for a two-year period.

Elected with Venezuela were Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain. These nations will join Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria, who are midway through their terms.

Venezuela needed at least 122 votes to win approval in the General Assembly, thus the 181 yes votes reflect recognition of the country’s leadership role regionally and internationally.

Upon hearing the news, President Nicolás Maduro described the vote as a “victory for the homeland” and a demonstration that internationally Venezuela is recognized as a strong country, ethically, morally and ideologically.

Maduro added that the victory represented “another step toward the aspiration of transforming the UN, to strengthen its mission to serve equality and justice on the planet.”

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