NewsEast & Horn AfricaEthiopia gets non-permanent UN Security Council seat


Posted on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:03

Ethiopia gets non-permanent UN Security Council seat

By Tinishu Solomon

Photo©Mary Altaffer/AP/SIPAEthiopia was on Tuesday elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations' Security Council, with the government describing the endorsement as a sign of the country's growing reputation for maintaining 'peace and security.'


African heads of state and government agreed on Ethiopia's candidacy in January after Kenya and Seychelles withdrew from the contest, making Tuesday's election a mere formality.

The election is a clear indication of Ethiopia's ever growing reputation

The country's Foreign Affairs ministry said the vote by the UN General Assembly proved that member states with a majority vote "have given Ethiopia its assent to serve on the council for a third term after 26 years of absence".

"The election is a clear indication of Ethiopia's ever growing reputation for the maintenance of international peace and security," it added.

Since the inception of the UN, the east African country has deployed over 80,000 military and police personnel to more than 10 peacekeeping missions worldwide, including Korea, Congo, Rwanda and Liberia.

As the UN's most powerful body, the Security Council can impose sanctions, endorse peace accords and authorise the use of military force.

The 193 members of the UN General Assembly also elected Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body's Security Council for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017.

The newly-elected countries will replace Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Angola and Venezuela. Other current non-permanent members are Japan, Egypt, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.

The UN Security Council has 15 members with five of them - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – holding permanent seats. They also enjoy veto power.

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