June 28, 2016 / 5:07 PM / in a year

Kazakhstan elected to U.N. Security Council for 2017-18

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015.Eduardo Munoz

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Kazakhstan was elected to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, beating Thailand in a second round of voting to join Sweden, Ethiopia and Bolivia for a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2017.

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly elected Kazakhstan with 138 votes in favor over Thailand. Countries need more than two-thirds of the vote to win a seat. A third round of voting is due to take place for the final available seat with Italy competing against The Netherlands.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Louis Charbonneau

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