Ethiopia in June last year won a ‘non permanent’ seat on the United Nations Security Council, it officially commenced the two year tenure today.
Ethiopia was elected to the Council with 185 out of 190 votes cast. The council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security. They replaced Angola, the last African representative on the Council.
News of their election at the time came as no surprise because the Horn of Africa nation ran unopposed by any other African country, after Kenya and the Seychelles withdrew from the contest in January 2016.
It has been for a number of years the largest troops contributor on peacekeeping in Africa. It hosts the African Union and in the horn of Africa, it is extremely significant in Somalia, in Sudan and elsewhere.
The UN Security Council has five permanent members – US, UK, Russia, China and France – and 10 non-permanent members. Ethiopia is joined by Bolivia, Italy, Kazakstan and Sweden.
— Ethiopia at the UN (@Ethiopia_UN) January 1, 2017