The United Nations General Assembly prevented Libya from voting in its annual election to elect the President of the General Assembly at its 73rd session, in addition to the election of the Chairmen of the Main Committees.

Bawabit Al-Wasat quoted a diplomatic source as saying "Libya did not participate in this election process as it was deprived of its right to vote as a result of the non-payment of its assessed contributions to the United Nations, which arrears exceeded two consecutive years."

The source pointed out that the UN General Assembly will also conduct another election next Thursday to elect five non-permanent members of the Security Council, which Libya will also not participate, adding that this will be the case for the upcoming elections too.

According to article (08) of the UN Charter, the member country that delays paying off the required fees to the UNGA cannot keep the right to vote in the UNGA’s meetings if the delayed fees hit 2 consecutive years or more.

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of its upcoming 73rd session.