Lebanon, Gabon and South Sudan regain UN vote, not Venezuela End-shutdown

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the UN General Assembly announced Tuesday that Lebanon, Gabon and South Sudan have made enough payments to restore their voting rights in the 193-member world body, leaving Venezuela as the only country that cannot vote.

President Csaba Kőrösi told a plenary meeting of the assembly that the three countries reduced their arrears in the regular UN budget below the amount specified in the UN Charter to cut voting rights.

The Charter establishes that countries will not be able to vote if their arrears equal or exceed their assigned contribution to the UN budget for the previous two years.

Assembly spokeswoman Paulina Kubiak said four countries were still in arrears, but the General Assembly adopted a resolution in October giving three poor and conflict-torn countries – Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia – permission to vote until the end of the current session. in September

That leaves only the fourth country, Venezuela, in default and unable to vote.

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