Kenya has defeated Djibouti to clinch a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
Kenya will serve a two-year term in the powerful council beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
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 first round of voting held on Wednesday but none of the two countries could secure the two-third majority to clinch the coveted seat.
The Security Council is the most powerful organ of the UN as it is the only body that passes legally binding resolutions.
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)