United Nations

Jordan Gets UN Security Council Seat Saudi Arabia Rejected

Saudi's rejection had previously been unheard of

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The U.N. General Assembly elected Jordan to the Security Council on Friday to replace Saudi Arabia, which had rejected the seat in an unprecedented act to protest the council's failure to end the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

Arab countries chose Jordan as a replacement, and Asian nations endorsed it to take the traditional Arab seat on the U.N.'s most powerful body. It received 178 "yes" votes in the election.

Saudi Arabia got one vote, and four countries in the 193-member world body abstained. The 10 other countries were either absent or unable to vote because of unpaid dues.