UN approves Libya seat for former rebels

By the Associated Press | September 16, 2011 | 12:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted to give Libya's seat in the world body to the former rebels' National Transitional Council.

The resolution was approved Friday by a vote of 114-17 with 15 abstentions.

A left-leaning Latin America trade group opposed giving the seat to the opposition forces who ousted Moammar Gadhafi's government.

A southern Africa regional bloc failed in an attempt to defer a vote.