Kenya beats Djibouti, elected into UN Security Council



Kenya has defeated Djibouti to clinch a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Council.

Kenya will serve a two-year term in the powerful council beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Its came during the round of voting by member in the General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on .

The were announced by the President of the Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, who presided over the election.

Kenya secured 129 votes, just one point above the required two-thirds majority of 128 votes, as against Djibouti’ 62.

reports that Africa has three non-permanent seats, currently occupied by Niger, Tunisia and South Africa in the council.

Tunisia and Niger took two of the seats in January, meaning that Kenya will now succeed South Africa, whose term in January.

The round of voting held on Wednesday but none of the two countries could secure the two-third majority to clinch the coveted seat.

The Council is the most powerful organ of the UN as it is the only body that passes legally binding resolutions.

Its powers include the imposition of international sanctions and authorisation of peacekeeping operations, besides giving members a strong voice on international peace and .

The 15-member council comprises five permanent members (UK, China, France, Russia and the United ), which have veto powers, and 10 non-permanent members.

The non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms, which are distributed on a regional basis. ()