On Thursday, June 18, Kenya won the Africa seat at the UN Security Council with 129 votes against Djibouti’s 62 votes in the second round of voting.
Kenya had 113 votes against Djibouti’s 78 in the first round of voting on Wednesday with 192 out of 193 member states voting.
With this victory, Nairobi can, from January 2021, return to the UN’s most powerful organ after 23 years and be a part of key decision making on global peace and security.
This may include sanctions, authorising use of force to preserve peace as well as electing judges of the International Court of Justice.
It would also work alongside five permanent members with veto powers and nine other non-permanent members to preside over the Council’s sittings.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta termed the win “a demonstration of the country’s growing profile and influence in the community of nations as a steadfast and dependable development partner.”
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