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Germany wins Security Council seat

Germany wins Security Council seat

Germany won a seat on the U.N. Security Council in a heated three-way race.
Portugal and Canada must now battle for a second seat on the U.N.'s most powerful body for pro-Western nations.
African, Asian and Latin American seats were uncontested so South Africa, India and Colombia easily won on Tuesday's first ballot in the 192-member General Assembly.
Ten of the Security Council's 15 seats are filled by regional groups for two-year stretches, with five elected each year. The other five seats are occupied by the council's veto-wielding permanent members: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
Germany received 128 votes, one more than the two-thirds required. Portugal received 122 and Canada 114.