Saudi Arabia Elected to UN Security Council

The Associated Press:

Saudi Arabia and Chad easily won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, despite criticism from human rights groups that their rights records are abysmal. Nigeria, Lithuania and Chile also won seats.

The five candidates endorsed by regional groups faced no opposition because there were no contested races for the first time in several years.

According to Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press, Saudi Arabia got only 176 votes out of the 191 states present. The kingdom lost 10 votes as a protest, Lee said.

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