Venezuela, Libya lose UN vote for third time in three years

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United Nations, Feb 14: Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from poling in the UN General Assembly for the third time in three years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to the global organisation.

In late January this year, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed the General Assembly that 14 countries including Venezuela and Libya were in arrears.

Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma Tuesday announced that Venezuela has lost its vote in the 193-member world body as a result and Libya did as well, AFP reported.

As per a letter from Guterres to the Assembly president, Venezuela must pay a minimum amount of $25,200,296 to regain its voting rights, Similarly, Libya must pay at least $6,594,842.

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