Fijian diplomat elected president of UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS – The ambassador of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Fiji on Monday won a rare election for the post of president of the United Nations General Assembly, a position that has been the focus of a corruption scandal in the United States. Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji narrowly defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus with 94 votes compared to Mavroyiannis’ 90 votes. The post is a largely ceremonial one, though it has a high profile and important procedural functions. Normally a single candidate for assembly president is elected by consensus without a vote.



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