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Winning Elections By 2nd Highest Margin, India Solidifies Space In IMO Council For 2 Years

| December 2 , 2017 , 10:40 IST

In the recent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) elections, India became the second highest voted nation to remain the council's member for next two years by managing to secure 144 votes of member countries.

While Germany topped the voting list by scoring the maximum of 146 votes, India was not far behind. Ever since the inception of IMO, the council organised the elections of Category-B for the first time.

Soon after the result announcement, an Indian High Commission in the UK tweeted, "India enters the IMO Council under category B having won 144 votes, the second highest in the category. A proud moment for the country."

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Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari recently arrived in London to address IMO's annual session where he raised support for the nation during elections. Australia and UAE were new entrants in the council this year.

India, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands and UAE also made it to the list whereas Bangladesh and Argentina were already the members in this category.

India has been among the 10 members of the council since 1959 who was elected unanimously. The UN specialized agency ensures the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.