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Kenya wins UN security Council seat with 129 votes in New York

Kenya was on Thursday, June 18 elected to elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2021-2022 after a second round of voting.

Kenya beat Djibouti 129 votes to 62 and therefore meeting the required threshold for the seat.

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Kenya was fronted by the African Union (AU) for its role in enhancing peace in the Eastern Africa region but Djibouti never gave up.

Commenting on the victory, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya will endeavour to voice African agenda at the UNSC.

Deputy President William Ruto said the “victory reaffirms Kenya’s position at the community of nations.”

Reacting to the news, ODM leader and African Union High Representative For infrastructure Development Raila Odinga said the vote was a vote of confidence to Kenya by the global community.

“Kenya’s election to the U.N Security Council this evening marks one of the brightest points of our engagement with the world. It is also a bold manifestation that with solidarity, Africa, which backed Kenya, can have its way on the global stage,” said Raila.

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“This vote is also a major statement on how this country has presented itself to the world, as a nation determined to find home grown solutions to challenges to peace, stability and prosperity and in the process provide a pragmatic example to the rest of the world.”

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