Kenya angered by Djibouti’s campaign for UN Security Council seat

A general view of a plenary session at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 17, 2018. The African Union does not have a vote at the UN General Assembly for members of the UNSC. PHOTO | MICHAEL TEWELDE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Both countries have been seeking the seat, whose election is due in June at the UN headquarters in New York.
  • Kenya's Foreign Affairs ministry says Djiboutians are campaigning without “decorum and certitude” and were in fact disrespecting the African Union by talking ill of the continental body’s decisions.
  • The matter arose from a public statement by Djibouti last week, after the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
  • Djibouti said it was calling on member states to support its candidature against Kenya’s, whose endorsement it argued was illegitimate.

Kenya has raised a complaint about Djibouti’s 'dishonourable’ campaigns for the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council seat, in the wake of failure to have Nairobi’s endorsement by the African Union reversed.

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