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Zimbabwe loses UN voting rights over US$81 000

Zimbabwe has lost its voting rights in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) over US$81 000 debt.

Zimbabwe became a member of the UN on 25 August 1980.

In a statement by the UN dated 13 January 2021, Zimbabwe is listed among ten countries that are in arrears under the terms of Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations.

Article 19 of the UN states, “Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a Member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member.”

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