EYEAFRICA TV: Ankara (AA) – The African Union on Wednesday nominated Kenya to be Africa’s candidate for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2021-2022, local media reported.
In a secret vote at union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, Nairobi won some 37 votes, defeating Djibouti, which got only 13, in a vote attended by 51 out of 55 AU member states, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
Kenya’s Foreign Ministry also announced the victory after a second round of voting by the union’s Permanent Representatives Committee, Kenya’s Capital FM said. In the first round of voting on Aug. 5, Kenya was unable to get the two-thirds majority needed.
Kenya is the sole African nominee for the Security Council’s non-permanent seat for 2021-2022. It will need to also win two-thirds of UN member states’ votes next June to get the seat, according to the Daily Nation.
Kenya has been lobbying for the seat within the continent and globally. The country had garnered 33 ballots on a vote held on August 5 at the AU falling short of the two-thirds majority rule required on substantial decisions.
A general view of a plenary session at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 17, 2018 was that the continental bloc is conducting this vote because Kenya and Djibouti have failed to agree, via consensus, who should be representing Africa at the UN Security Council.
Traditionally, countries have in the past agreed to support each other on the principle of reciprocity, such that one gives up a contest in exchange for support in a different bid in future.