Kenya beats Djibouti, elected into UN Security Council

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

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

Its victory came during the second of voting member states in the General Assembly the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.

The results were announced 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’s 62.

NAN reports that Africa has three non-permanent seats, currently occupied 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 ends in January.

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

The Council is the most powerful 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 voice on international peace and issues.

The 15-member council comprises five permanent members (, China, France, Russia and the United States), 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. (NAN)