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