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S. Sudan loses voting right in the UN assembly

By James Atem Kuir

South Sudan alongside six other countries lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly due to unpaid dues, AFP has reported.

It is not clear how much arrears South Sudan owes to the UN but a member state can lose its vote in the General Assembly if it fails to pay its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years.

On Monday, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General wrote a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir of Turkey that the countries which owe arrears to the UN will have their UNGA voting rights suspended in accordance with the UN Charter.

The other African countries affected by the suspension are Niger, Libya, the Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville and Zimbabwe.

Iran is another country equally suspended over the same matter.

The UN’s budget is around $3.2 billion per year. The budget for peacekeeping operations is separate and totals to around $6.5 billion.

Last year, the regional economic bloc which is the East African Community threatened to suspend South Sudan for failure to pay membership debt.

The government has not yet commented on the suspension by the UN.

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