Iran, Venezuela Lose Voting Rights At UN General Assembly

PRESIDENT BUHARI SPEAKS AT THE UNGA73 PIX 2. President Muhammadu Buhari speaking at the United National General Assembly 73 Session in New York. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. SEPT 25 2018.

Iran and Venezuela have temporarily lost their voting rights at the UN General Assembly because of payment arrears.

In a letter published on Wednesday, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said the minimum payment required from Iran to restore voting rights was $18.4 million, while for Venezuela, it was $39.8 million.

Sudan and Congo are among the other nations who lost voting rights.

Under UN rules, the right to vote is withdrawn from states whose debts to the body are equal to or higher than the amount of their membership fees for the past two years. (dpa/NAN)