Nigeria bids for UN Security Council seat today

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From AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja
Today, Nigeria will be slugging it out with countries from other regional bodies in the much-awaited election into the Non-Permanent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat.
Other regional blocks that are also contesting are: the Asia-Pacific Group, with 53 countries; Eastern European Group, with 23 countries; Latin America and Caribbean Group, with 33 countries; the Western European and other groups, with 28 countries and one observer member state.
According to laid down rules guiding the election, Nigeria would need two-third votes of members to secure the seat. The African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had  endorsed Nigeria, in its bid for the UNSC seat. Another African country in the race is Chad.
The elections for the terms 2014-2015, is to replace the five countries that would be ending their tenures this year. In the African region, Morocco and Togo would be exiting, while Nigeria and Chad are set to replace them.
Nigeria has been campaigning vigorously, with President Goodluck Jonathan leading campaign. An example of such campaign is obvious in his address during the commencement of the ongoing 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where the president emphasised the need for …

Source: The Sun News

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