Three African nations have had their voting rights suspended by the United Nations because of their failure to pay the required financial contributions for member states.
Sudan and Congo-Brazzaville, along with the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros, are among 10 nations that have failed to pay their dues in a timely manner.
The decision is in line with rules under the UN charter that withhold the voting privileges when a nation meets or exceeds the arrears amount due in a two-year window.
As has been the case in the past, three African nations fall under the same requirements but will be allowed to keep their votes under the UN rules. They include Guinea, Somalia, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The UN rules allow for states to continue voting when failure to pay their dues is “due to conditions beyond their control,” a mechanism that was extended to those three nations without specified reasons.
The other four nations that have not paid their UN bills are Iran, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
As of Friday, just 10 UN member states have paid their new bills in full for 2022. The European nation of Luxembourg was the most recent country to pay up on its account. So far, none of the African member states have had payments recorded by the UN for 2022.
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