General Assembly elects Jordan to Security Council

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Jordan will be joining the UN Security Council in January as one of five new non-permanent members of the chamber.

This follows a vote in the General Assembly on Friday held to fill a vacancy created by Saudi Arabia.

The country was among five nations elected to serve in the Security Council during initial voting in October. However, one day after the vote, Saudi Arabia announced it would not take up the seat.

General Assembly president John Ashe presided over Friday's ballot.

"Having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Jordan is elected as a member of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014 (applause)."

The UN General Assembly joined people the world over in mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela by observing a moment of silence at the start of the meeting.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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