UNITED NATIONS -- The United States has jolted the annual campaign to fill five of the 15 U.N. Security Council seats, pursuing a late and intensive effort to remove Sudan as the chosen African candidate and promote a rival instead.
Sudan, which is under U.N. sanctions, has denounced the U.S. intervention. Other nations have questioned it. But the action has forced an unexpected vote for the African seat on Oct. 10, when the General Assembly selects five new countries to join its top decision-making council for two-year terms.
Only one of the seats will go to an African. The United States is now trying to help line up support behind Mauritius -- even though Sudan had won the support of most Africans months ago and been considered the endorsed candidate, diplomats say.
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