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Further Ballot to be Held for Remaining Open Seat, From Among Candidates of Asian Group of Member States
The General Assembly this morning elected Cape Verde, Cuba, Djibouti, El Salvador, Gambia, Iceland, Latvia, Mexico, Mozambique, Republic of Korea, Spain, Turkey and Zambia and re-elected Chile, France, Germany and Japan to three-year terms on the 54-member Economic and Social Council. The States will fill 17 of the 18 seats to be vacated on 31 December. One seat remains to be filled from among the Group of Asian States.

Those elections were determined during two rounds of balloting with the following countries obtaining the required two-thirds majority during the first round of balloting: Cape Verde, Chile, Cuba, Djibouti, El Salvador, France, Gambia, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, Spain, Turkey and Zambia. The elections of Latvia and the Republic of Korea were determined during the second round of voting. In a third ballot, to fill the remaining Asian seat, neither candidate received the necessary two-thirds majority to be elected.

The elections were for seats being vacated by five members of the Group of African States (Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe); three members of the Asian States (Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan); one member of the Eastern European States (Bulgaria); four members of the Latin American and Caribbean States (Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Venezuela); and five members of Western European and Other States (France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Portugal). All of those countries were eligible for immediate re- election. To maintain the same geographic distribution on the Council, vacated seats are being filled by members of the same regional group.

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