UN General Assembly to elect new President

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Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa meets UN Secretary-General in April 2014
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A new President of the General Assembly is due to be elected by UN Member States on Wednesday.

It's expected the Foreign Minister of Uganda, Sam Kutesa, will be chosen to serve as the President of the 69th Session for a period of one year.

The presidency rotates on an annual basis with a different regional grouping providing a candidate or candidates.

Mr Kutesa was chosen unanimously by the African Union as the only candidate for the presidency of the 69th Session.

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations.

It is composed of representatives of all 193 Member States, each of which has one vote.

The 69th Session will open on 16 September and will be followed a week later by the General Debate, the largest annual meeting of world leaders and senior government officials.Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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