Johannesburg – Kenya has been given the African Union’s (AU) endorsement for a UN Security Council (UNSC) seat after Nairobi defeated Djibouti with 37 votes to 13 during a vote at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Wednesday’s voting was the second round after Kenya initially got 34, Djibouti 15, with two abstentions during the first round.
Kenya originally defeated Djibouti with 33 votes on August 5 while there were 16 abstentions.
However, rules of procedure which require that substantial decisions be made on a two-thirds majority rule calculated on the basis of the total 55 member states of the AU, meant Nairobi had fallen short, the East African reported.
While AU disputes are normally settled through negotiation and consensus neither country was prepared to step down.