FM Shahid sworn in as 76th UNGA pres

Maldives' Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has taken office as the President of the United Nation's General Assembly's 76th session. This is the first time a Maldivian national has been elected to the post.

The minister, who was elected as the President in June this year, took his oath at a ceremony held in New York's UN Headquarters on Tuesday.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA) is responsible for chairing the United Nations General Assembly session for the elected term and is also the presiding officer for this duration. Furthermore, the PGA represents the whole membership at conferences, other international and regional meetings, and can co-host events with Member States and other partners.

The United Nations General Assembly elected Abdulla Shahid as UNGA President for its 76th session, which runs from September 2021 until September 2022. He won the election with 143 votes out of 191 votes. He received the support of several large nations.