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Maldives' FM Abdulla Shahid elected as President of UN General Assembly

Lamya Abdulla
07 June 2021, MVT 21:11
Minister Abdulla Shahid, giving a speech shortly after being elected as the President of the United Nation's General Assembly.
Lamya Abdulla
07 June 2021, MVT 21:11

Foreign Minister of Abdulla Shahid has been elected as the President of the United Nation's General Assembly's 76th session on Monday.

Minister Shahid ran against former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Dr. Zalmai Rassoul. Shahid won the election with 143 votes while Afghanistan received 48 votes.

President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Minister Shahid for this accomplishment.

"This is a great honour for Maldives and I have no doubt Min. Shahid will do us all proud as UNGA President," the President had said while offering his felicitations.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulating Minister Shahid.

Minister Shahid dedicated the win for all Maldivians while addressing the assembly after the election.

Minister Shahid was nominated as the Maldives candidate for the election by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. He is the first Maldivian candidate to have been elected for this position and the sixth President from a Small Island Developing State.

The Maldives joined the United Nations on 21 September 1965, soon after gaining independence and has since been an active member. September of 2021 will mark 56 years since Maldives joined the United Nations.

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