Balance of Power shifting in UN

#1
They just announced the results of the voting for the Security Council which starts afresh in the New Year.

Five countries are leaving at the end of this year:
Belgium,
Indonesia,
Italy,
Panama and
South Africa.

Japan defeated Iran for an Asian seat, Mexico and Uganda were voted in, Turkey went through easily and Austria by a narrower margin.

The big news is that Iran got the finger from practically every other country in its region.

Read all about it:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUKTRE49G51Y20081018?sp=true
 
#2
Voting was essentially as predicted some months back. Only real 'change' was Austria being favoured over Iceland. I wonder why?

Looking forward to the usual suspects popping up to counter my comments, but this Japan-Iran vote essentially shows how far US/UK influence has fallen in recent years. The vote gives a strong indication as to how 'the world' views Iran. And yet, given this strength of feeling, the US/UK can do so little to combat Iran's influence in the region. In effect, they don't like what Iran's doing, but like US/UK policy even less.
 

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