Libya loses vote at the UN General Assembly for third year

14 February 2018 - 13:13

UN Security Council: Elections must be the end of Libya crisis

14 February 2018 - 13:13


Libya has been suspended from voting in the U.N. General Assembly for the third time in three years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to the world body.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed the General Assembly in late January that 14 countries including Libya and Venezuela were in arrears, and Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma confirmed Tuesday that Venezuela and Libya lost its vote in the 193-member global organization as a result. 

According to a letter from Guterres to the Assembly president, Libya must pay at least $6,594,842., Venezuela must pay a minimum of $25,200,296 to restore its voting rights.

The other countries that lost their voting rights are Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Marshall Islands, Surinam, and Yemen. Equatorial Guinea, which is on the Security Council, also lost its vote.

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