Guatemala, Venezuela Compete for U.N. Seat The United States is supporting Guatemala for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, said Washington was waging "a dirty war" to keep his country from getting the seat.

Guatemala, Venezuela Compete for U.N. Seat

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Another vote, which is scheduled today, could bring more power to the Latin American leader who recently spoke these words at the United Nations.


Yesterday, ladies and gentleman, from this rostrum, the president of the United States - the gentleman to whom I refer to as the devil - came here.

INSKEEP: That's an interpreter, rendering the words of Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela. This vocal opponent of the United States is seeking a seat for his country on the United Nations Security Council. The council has the most power at the U.N. There's a temporary opening and all 192 nations that are part of the U.N. hold a vote to see who gets it. The contest is between Venezuela and Guatemala. The winner is decided today, by the U.N. general assembly.

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