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Ethiopia Elected to Council of UN Civil Aviation Agency

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has been elected to the governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The election for the 36-member council took place at the end of the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday.

Ethiopia has received one of the highest votes to join the ICAO Council, said Ethiopian ambassador to Canada Fitsum Arega,

The East African nation has secured 154 votes out of the 175 votes, the fourth highest, under the part 3 ballots.

ICAO classifies the three different stages of voting as below, which is based on the scope of Civil Aviation stakeholding or contribution to its development.

Stage First: Election of States of chief importance in air transport.

Stage Second: Election of States not already elected in stage 1 but which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation.

Stage Three: the election of States not elected in either the first or the second part, & whether or not they were candidates in either of those parts, & whose designation will ensure that all the major geographical areas of the world are represented on the Council.

ICAO released the results of the first two parts of the 36-member Council voting process first on Saturday.

The 36 Elected Countries

Election to the Council under Part 1: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Election to the Council under Part 2: Argentina, Austria, Egypt, Iceland, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Venezuela.

Election to the Council Under Part 3: Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe.

Featured Image Caption: A pedestrian walks past the ICAO headquarters building in Montreal, Canada June 16, 2017. [Photi Reuters/File]

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