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Somalia has been [elected / elated] as one of the ten non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. A [vote / voter] at the UN headquarters in New York on the 6th of June saw the African nation [vouched / ushered] in to take its seat in the UN [head / body] . It is the first time for Somalia to hold such a position since the 1970s. It [descended / rescinded] into brutal and bloody conflict throughout the [suing / ensuing] three decades. Civil and factional wars brought the war-torn country [at / to] its knees. A coalition government in 2009 has since brought the return [from / of] stability. Political experts believe [that / what] Somalia's recent turmoil, and its struggles to defeat Islamist insurgents, give it a valuable voice [in / on] promoting peace and security in the world.

The UN Security Council was formed in 1945 as a [mechanism / mechanic] to maintain global peace. Its 15 members include five [permanence / permanent] members – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US – and 10 [revolting / revolving] non-permanent members. To win a [seat / chair] , a nation must secure the support [of / on] at least two thirds of the UN General Assembly delegations. Somalia was elected unopposed and will serve for two years from January. It will sit [side / alongside] newly-elected Denmark, Greece, Pakistan and Panama. Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Moallim Fiqi said: "Our [pasture / tenure] will be guided by our full [commit / commitment] to multilateralism, and our respect [of / at] the principles of international law enshrined in the UN [Chatter / Charter] ."

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