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UN elects 5th member to international court

UN Security Council, General Assembly elect 5th member to International Court of Justice By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The last of five judges has been elected to the International Court of Justice, more than a month after the Security Council and the General Assembly failed to agree on a nominee.

The council and assembly on Tuesday elected Julia Subutinde, of Uganda, for the fifth slot.

The other four were elected to nine-year terms in simultaneous voting by the two bodies on Nov. 5: Judges Hisashi Owada, of Japan; Peter Tomka of Slovakia; Xue Hanquin, of China; and Giorgio Gaja, of Italy.

When it came to the fifth, the council in November initially chose Abdul G. Koroma, of Sierra Leone, while the assembly picked Subutinde.

Based at The Hague, the Netherlands, the 15-member world court is the United Nations' top judicial organ.

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