Kenyan leader celebrates country’s UN Security Council elections victory

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the country’s victory in Thursday’s second round of voting in the elections for non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Kenyatta called Kenya’s win a demonstration of the country’s growing profile and influence in the community of nations as a steadfast and dependable development partner.

The East African nation won a seat after beating Djibouti with 129 votes against 62 in the second round of voting.

Kenya was unable to secure the required two-third majority during Wednesday’s voting, in which it got 113 votes and Djibouti obtained 78, prompting a run-off Thursday.

Kenyatta said Kenya will endeavor to consolidate and voice Africa’s position in the UN Security Council and will advance its 10-point agenda as outlined during the campaign period.

Kenya has been a non-permanent member of the council twice in 1973-1974 and 1997-1998.

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