Kenya has bagged the last remaining spot on the United Nations Security Council (UN Security Council ) after flooring Djibouti in Thursday’s repeat vote.
The country bagged 129 votes out of an eligible 191 casted ballots in the poll staged in UN Headquarters in New York to cross the required threshold of 128 votes or two-thirds of votes cast.
The vote was preceded by more lobbying by the government, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, to the international community has the country sort to split more votes to its side after Wednesday’s lockout.
“You know very well that the Sudanese peace process started here in Nairobi, we are a safe pair of hands who try to act as neutral as possible but always encouraging peace, stability, and progress.
This is what we are known for in the region and what we want to offer to the world” President Kenyatta said in his final pitch to UN member states earlier Thursday.
Kenya will now take its place on the 10 available non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council on January 1, 2021, on a two-year term joining India, Ireland, Mexico, and Norway who were elected to the four other rotating posts on Wednesday.
The country joins current non-permanent members; Estonia, Niger, St. Vincents and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam and permanent members/vetos; US, Britain, France, China, and Russia as Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa take their exit.
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