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The United Nations Security Council has five permanent members and ten rotating members.  The ten rotating members are selected on a regional basis to represent equality, and must be affirmed via a vote by the General Assembly.  The successful candidates hold the position for two year stretches.  Every two years, five rotating members leave the Security Council, and five new rotating members join.  The five permanent members are: the United States, Russia, China, the UK and France.  The current rotating members are: Angola, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  The Security Council performs many functions, including holding meetings and voting on Security Council Resolutions, much like the General Assembly does.  Resolutions must have the approval of all of the five permanent members and at least four of the rotating members in order to be adopted.  Each permanent member has the right of veto, which means that they can block a resolution’s adoption by voting veto.  See The United Nations General Assembly, for more.

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