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General Assembly Elects Only Fourth Woman as President of Seventy-Third Session

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TEHRAN, 7 June 2018 (UNIC) -- The General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday 5 June as President of its seventy-third session — making her only the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history — while also electing 21 Vice-Presidents by acclamation.

Ms. Espinosa, a former Minister for National Defence, received 128 votes, surpassing the required simple majority of 96.  The only other candidate, Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake (Honduras), received 62 votes.

In accordance with tradition, the Assembly President’s election follows the system of geographical rotation whereby regional groups — the Latin American and Caribbean States in the present case — put forward one or more candidates every year.

Ms. Espinosa, taking the podium after the election, said that with today’s vote — an act that strengthened multilateralism — “all States win”, noting that for the first time in history, the President’s election had followed an interactive dialogue with the candidates.  “Today, I become the fourth woman to be elected to this position in 73 years of existence of the United Nations,” she said, adding that she was also the first woman from the Latin America and Caribbean region to preside over the Assembly.


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