Maldivian Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid, was elected as  76ᵗʰ President of United Nations General Assembly.

Abdulla Shahid won against Afghanistan’s former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul with 3rd/4th majority. He fetched 143 votes while Rassoul got 48 votes out of 191 votes polled. Maldives will occupy office of President of United Nations General Assembly for the first time.

Election to UN General Assembly President

The presidential post of UNGA is held every year. It is rotated amongst various regional groupings. 76th UNGA session for 2021-22 was the turn of Asia-Pacific group.

Whom did India support?

Both Asian nations Afghanistan and Maldives are having excellent relation with India. Even though, Afghanistan was first to announce participation, Maldives was 1st to declare its candidate’s name in December 2018. Afghanistan announced name of Zalmai Rassoul in January 2021. Thus, India had already extended its support to Maldives. India had announced its support for Abdulla during visit of Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to Maldives in November 2020.

UN General Assembly

The one among 6 principal organs of UN. It serves as main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of United Nations. Chapter IV of the UN Charter empowers the organ and prescribes its composition, functions & procedures. UNGA is responsible for United Nations budget, and appointing non-permanent members to Security Council. It is the only United Nations organ where all member states have equal representation.

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