UNSC Election Suspended For 24 Hours

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Latin American and Caribbean countries have asked for a 24 hour suspension of voting after a second day of balloting did not resolve whether Guatemala of Venezuela would win the seat on the UN Security Council. The nations plan on consulting to determine a course. Neither of the two countries will withdraw.

Brazil's U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo Sardenberg said Latin American and Caribbean nations had agreed to hold off voting until Thursday for a meeting to access the situation. Venezuela and Guatemala agreed but both countries said they were still in the race.

After 21 rounds of voting on Monday and Tuesday for an open Latin American seat next year, Guatemala, backed by the United States, ended the second day with 102 votes and Venezuela had 77. Other countries either abstained or did not vote.

Voting continues until a nation reaches the required two-thirds vote in the 192-nation General Assembly or another compromise candidate emerges, which several Latin American countries hope will happen soon.

Poor (T)Hugo. Bribery fails. There is no way he gets the seat he tried to buy.

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