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Maldives wins UNGA elections

Maldives wins UNGA elections

  • Maldives has won the election to the post of the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Maldives candidate, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid won the election with 143 votes, out of a total of 191 votes cast.
  • diplomatic victory for India
  • first time the Maldives has presented a candidate for the Presidency of the General Assembly.
  • Maldives joined the United Nations in 1965, soon after gaining independence"

UNGA: United Nations General Assembly

  • One of the six principal organs of the United Nations
  • Year of formation: 1945
  • HQ: New york, USA
  • Main governing body of the organisation and is also the most representative body in the UN.
  • All the members of the UN are represented in the UNGA (193 members).

Headed by its President, who is elected for a term of one year.

  • Meets annually in its headquarters in New York City, generally in the month of September.
  • Decisions are taken by voting.( each member one vote).
  • In 1953, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the eight President of the UNGA, the only Indian GA President