1989 United Nations Security Council election

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1989 United Nations Security Council election

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5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council

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Members before election

 Senegal (Africa)
 Algeria (Africa, Arab)
Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal (Asia)
 Brazil (LatAm&Car)
 Yugoslavia (E. Europe)

New Members

The 1989 United Nations Security Council election was held on 18 October 1989 during the Forty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly elected Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Romania, South Yemen, and Zaire, as the five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 1990. This was the first time Yemen was elected to the Council, as Yemeni unification occurred during South Yemen membership.


The Security Council has 15 seats, filled by five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. Each year, half of the non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms.[1][2] A sitting member may not immediately run for re-election.[3]

In accordance with the rules whereby the ten non-permanent UNSC seats rotate among the various regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes,[4] the five available seats are allocated as follows:

To be elected, a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. If the vote is inconclusive after the first round, three rounds of restricted voting shall take place, followed by three rounds of unrestricted voting, and so on, until a result has been obtained. In restricted voting, only official candidates may be voted on, while in unrestricted voting, any member of the given regional group, with the exception of current Council members, may be voted on.

Endorsed candidates[edit]

Prior to the actual vote at the General Assembly, the Permanent representatives of Bangladesh, Belarus, Peru, and Kenya as chairmen of the regional groups told the Assembly what countries enjoyed the endorsement of their respective regions. The chairmen endorsed South Yemen, Romania, Cuba, and Côte d'Ivoire and Zaire respectively.


Voting was conducted on a single ballot. Ballots containing more states from a certain region than seats allocated to that region were invalidated. There was a total of 161 ballot papers.

Member Round 1
 Cuba 146
 South Yemen 140
 Romania 136
 Ivory Coast 135
 Zaire 128
 North Yemen 6
 Argentina 1
 Barbados 1
 Costa Rica 1
 Ghana 1
 India 1
 Mali 1
 Niger 1
 Poland 1
 Zambia 1
abstentions 0
invalid ballots 0
required majority 104

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council (2008), Repertoire of the practice of the Security Council, p. 178
  2. ^ Conforti, Benedetto (2005), The law and practice of the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, p. 61
  3. ^ Charter of the United Nations, Article 23
  4. ^ Resolution 1991 A (XVIII), dated 1963-12-17, in force 1965-08-31.
  5. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.

External links[edit]

  • UN Document A/59/881 Note Verbale from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica containing a record of Security Council elections up to 2004