Kenya beat Djibouti 129-62 in a second round of voting on 18th June 2020 to clinch the coveted non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. The win followed an initial vote on 17th June at which Kenya was unable to secure the required two-thirds majority after garnering 113 votes against Djibouti’s 78.
In a Statement issued from State House Nairobi after the announcement this evening, President U
huru Kenyatta termed Kenya’s win as a “demonstration of the country’s growing profile and influence in the community of nations as a steadfast and dependable development partner.” The President said Kenya will endeavor to consolidate and voice Africa’s position in the Security Council and will advance its 10-point agenda as outlined during the campaign period.
Kenya now joins India, Mexico, Norway and Ireland who were elected as non-permanent members in the Security Council which has 10 non-permanent members in addition to the veto-wielding Big Five — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir was elected the UN Security Council president for the 2020-21.