Maldives lost the United Nations (UN) Security Council seat of the Asia Pacific Region to Indonesia.
Indonesia won the seat with 144 votes, while Maldives received only 46 votes in the secret vote held to elect members for the seats.
The Maldivian government carried out a great campaign in order to secure the Security Council seat, with foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Asim traveling to some countries in order to garner support for Maldives.
Meanwhile fisheries minister Dr. Mohamed Shainee and tourism minister Moosa Zameer are currently at New York, carrying out the last leg of the campaign work. While at New York, minister Shainee stated that Maldives has the support of all the continents. Most countries believe that Maldives, although small, should also be given this opportunity, Shainee said.
While the government carried out a strong campaign to secure the seat, they also accused the opposition of carrying out an anti-campaign against Maldives. The opposition alleged that a prominent countries spent money on the government-led campaign carried out by Maldives.
The UN Security Council consists of 15 members; five permanent ones and ten non-permanent ones. The non-permanent members are elected for a term of two years.
The five permanent members on the UN Security Council include United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. The non-permanent members are elected from different regions.