Maldives' Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid elected president of 76th session of UN General Assembly
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives was chosen president of the United Nations General Assembly's 76th session on Monday. Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives was voted as the next President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, defeating Afghanistan's former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul by a three-fourths majority. Out of the 191 votes cast, Shahid earned 143 votes and Rassoul earned 48. Shahid referred to his forthcoming tenure as the "Presidency of Hope" in his victory address. “We've always strived for a brighter future. The Maldivian way, the Maldivian ethos, is characterised by an unwavering spirit and unwavering optimism. He remarked, "One thing I am eager to bring into the presidency of hope." The UNGA presidential election takes place every year and is cycled among several regional groups. The Asia-Pacific group was in charge of the 76th UNGA session (2021-22).
This is the first time the Maldives has held the position of President of the United Nations General Assembly. While Afghanistan was the first to declare their participation, the Maldives was the first to name their candidate in December 2018. In January 2021, Zalmai Rassoul was announced as the new president of Kabul. Many other nations, including India, had also promised assistance to the Maldives by November 2020.