Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Bolivia were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday for 2017-18, but further voting was due to take place to decide the final seat with Italy and the Netherlands almost locked in a tie.
After three rounds of voting by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, The Netherlands had 96 votes, while Italy had 94. Countries need more than two-thirds of the vote to win a seat.
The new members will replace Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela on the council from Jan. 1, 2017.
The council is made up of 10 elected members – five voted on each year – and five permanent veto-powers who are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. The council is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions.