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UN denies voting rights to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon & South Sudan due to debts

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The UN Charter states that “members whose arrears equal or exceed the number of their contributions for the preceding two full years lose their voting rights.

Six nations, including Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and South Sudan, had their voting rights revoked by the United Nations because they had fallen behind on their contributions to the organization’s operational budget.

According to the organization’s charter, the three African nations, along with Dominica, Venezuela, and Lebanon, have lost their ability to vote. Members who have unpaid dues that are equal to or greater than the sum of their contributions for the two prior full years are disqualified from voting. However, the General Assembly is also empowered to rule “that the failure to pay is due to circumstances beyond the control of the member,” in which case a country may still cast a vote, according to the charter.

Gabon, South Sudan, and the three African nations owe, respectively, $61,686, $196,130, and $619,103. (Equatorial Guinea).

But Gabon, which is now serving a two-year term, won’t lose its ability to cast a vote at the Security Council.

On the other hand, Dominica owes $20,580 in dues, Lebanon $1,835,303, and Venezuela $76,244,991.

The circular just stated that the General Assembly agreed to allow Somalia, Comoros, Sao Tome, and Principe to preserve their voting rights despite being on the list of those in arrears.


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