After over forty rounds of voting, neither Guatemala nor Venezuela will join the Security Council. Rather, Latin American member states have nominated Panama as a compromise candidate.

Far from causing a meltdown in the General Assembly, this long drawn out series of votes shows that the system is healthy; the main deliberative organ of the United Nations can survive a heated contest between some of the most influential member states, and emerge stronger from it. As Delegates Lounge predicted two weeks ago, the process worked.