India's Dalveer Bhandari secures final spot as a judge of the ICJ

Lynette Rowe
November 23, 2017

In one of the first official reactions, a P5 member, Russian Federation has congratulated India for one of its biggest diplomatic victories on the worldwide platform after Dalveer Bhandari got re-elected in global Court of Justice with backing from more than 2/3rd UN Members.

Justice Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the United Nations headquarters here early this morning.

Britain's judge, Sir Christopher Greenwood, was hoping re-election for a second nine-year term. "Jai Hind." India's permanent representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, "A vote that brings to cheer to a billion".

According to observers, Bhandari's victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.

In the 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had got almost two-thirds of the votes in the General Assembly and in Security Council Greenwood consistently received nine votes as against five for his opponent.

"The extraordinary support from the United Nations membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India", said a senior government functionary.

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India has been seeking that the democratic process need to be played its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority.

The British media speculated that the United Kingdom chose to bow out to protect its economic interests with India.

There has been intense lobbying for the Indian candidate, with the country's permanent mission at the United Nations and diplomats in New Delhi working round the clock for the past few weeks to convince the members of the Security Council to vote for its candidate. Huge efforts by Team MEA. "Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India". He was backed by the all-powerful UN Security Council.

"We thank all those Governments who supported India in this election", the Ministry of External Affairs said in its statement.

Previously, four other candidates won easily in earlier rounds of voting.

Bhandari is the fourth Indian to be a permanent ICJ judge. "The Government of India has been supporting the campaign of Judge Bhandari through diplomatic efforts at different for a", it added.

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