The results 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’s 62.
NAN 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 ends in January.
The 15-member council comprises five permanent members (UK, 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)