In a move which a number of African Union nations called premature, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to give Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) the nation’s seat at the United Nations.
The vote was 114-17 with a handful of South American nations opposing the measure, and much of the African Union abstaining, arguing that such a vote should only happen after the NTC forms a proper government.
Egyptian Ambassador Maged Abdel Fattah Abdelaziz defended the quick vote, saying that there was no other legitimate option in the face of the NTC’s conquest of Tripoli but to allow them to occupy the seat.
The vote to so quickly recognize the NTC may prove an interesting obstacle for the United States as it aims to block the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s attempt to secure recognition for Palestine as a member nation, a vote expected next Friday.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Syria Warns They'll Fight Jihadists If They Reject Idlib Deal - October 15th, 2018
- Scores of Taliban Killed in Afghanistan Fighting - October 15th, 2018
- Afghan High Peace Council Says Talk of US Troop Withdrawal Is Premature - October 15th, 2018
- US Companies Back Out of Saudi Events as Tensions Mount - October 15th, 2018
- Saudi Embassy in DC Cancels Annual Diplomatic Reception - October 15th, 2018