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United Nations General Assembly presidential election, 2012

 

United Nations General Assembly presidential election, 2012

United Nations General Assembly presidential election, 2012

8 June 2012

 
Nominee Vuk Jeremić Dalius Čekuolis
Party DS Independent
Popular vote 99 85

President before election

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
Independent

President-elect

Vuk Jeremić
DS

An indirect presidential election was held to choose the President of the United Nations General Assembly on 8 June 2012[1] to replace Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and preside over the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly. It is the rotational turn of the Eastern European Group to preside over the session.

Vuk Jeremić is elected with 99 votes for and 85 votes against.[2] This was the first time since 1991 that there was no consensus candidate from the regional grouping, thus invoking a secret ballot vote.

Contents

  • Background 1
    • Electorate 1.1
  • Election 2
    • Reactions 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Background

Though there is usually a consensus candidate from the rotational group which is scheduled to hold he post of president of the UNGA, if there is no consensus candidate then a vote is held by secret ballot.

Electorate

The Eastern European Group is the smallest of the UN regional groups with 23 members who are informally entitled to choose a candidate from within their group. Failure to do so would result in a secret ballot amongst the entire United Nations General Assembly (the last time this happened was in 1991 when the Asian Group failed to agree on a candidate out of three options).[3]

Election

Reactions

After his election, Jeremic traveled to China and met Vice-President Xi Jinping.[4] In his acceptance speech, Jeremic said:[5]

References

  1. ^ http://mission-un-ny.mfa.lt/index.php?413164689
  2. ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/aktuelno.289.html:383302-Jeremic-ili-Cekulis---prebrojavanje-glasova
  3. ^ http://www.afghanistan-un.org/2012/06/un-general-assembly-elects-new-president-and-vice-presidents/
  4. ^ http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx/t953604.htm
  5. ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/66/meetings/elections/presskit67/acceptance_speech.pdf

External links

  • Official election website of Amb. Cekuolis
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