Five new non-permanent members join Security CouncilListen /
Five countries have been elected non-permanent members of the Security Council.
The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted for Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to serve in the chamber for a two-year period beginning in January.
Security Council seats are allocated by region, and candidates needed a two-thirds majority of votes from the 193 UN member states.
General Assembly president John Ashe presided over the process.
"Having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014 (applause)." (27″)
The Security Council is responsible for maintaining international peace and security, and is made up of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.
The new non-permanent members will replace Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda. The others still serving are Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo.
Permanent members China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States have the right of veto.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.