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At UN, Serbia Jeremic Wins GA Race over Lithuania 99 to 85, Polling Was Accurate

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 8 -- Serbia's Vuk Jeremic was elected the next President of the UN General Assembly on Friday morning, by a secret ballot vote of over the Lithuanian Permanent Representative.

Inner City Press had interviewed Jeremic about his race, which some called "playing the NAM card" referring to the Non-Aligned Movement. Still, Jeremic is if nothing else energetic and articulate, something often lacking in those who hold this post.

On the eve of the vote, an International Criminal Court-minded European complained to Inner City Press that "Serbia's government still denies that Srbrenica was a genocide." Inner City Press asked, and asks: Does Vuk?

Among those turning out to vote was Russia's Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin, Brazil's PR Viotti, Japan's PR Nishida, the PRs of, among others, Jamaica, Grenada and Venezuela, India's PR and Deputy PR, and seemingly at the Deputy PR level, the UK, among others.

Lamberto Zannier, former head of the UN Mission in Kosovo and now chief of the OSCE, sauntered in. One wondered, to congratulate Jeremic? Or its opposite?

Before the vote, based on informal polling, Inner City Press tweeted a prediction: Jeremic winning with 97 votes. Many laughed. Then he won with 99 votes. Well, no one is perfect. This prediction must have been from the worst journalist at the UN in the last 20 years. Watch this site.

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