A rare battle for the UN presidency is gaining momentum between two Asian nations whose situations couldn’t be further apart.

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Stakes are high in battle for UN presidency

A rare battle for the UN presidency is gaining momentum between two Asian nations whose situations couldn’t be further apart.

Qatar, a flush and forthright desert dictatorship, and Nepal, a humble Himalayan republic, are the unlikely competitors. It is Asia’s turn to assume the rotating presidency of UN General Assembly, the 66th session of which begins in mid-September. Unusually, a consensus candidate has not been agreed months in advance and neither nation is budging.

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