Djibouti accuses AU of being unfair in Kenya-Djibouti competition

Djibouti President, Ismail Omar Guelleh has accused member states of African Union of involving in bias elections during a vote to nominate the continent’s temporary member of the UN Security Council.

The countries backed Kenya represent as a candidate for UN Security Council seat following poll held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the election in August, Nairobi garnered 37 votes against Djibouti’s 13 in a second round of voting in which 51 of the 55 AU member states were present.

Speaking to the media, Guelleh said the countries erred to nominated Kenya which represented the continent twice.

“The mistake which the countries did, could be said was to deny Djibouti’s right, Kenya was sent to present Africa at Security Council twice, but we had represent the continent once, therefore I see it as injustice,” he said.

President expressed confidence that his country will get support from its allies.

“We have support from our friends and our hope is to secure the seat. We will compete with Kenya and will do in whatever way to get seat because we think this is our turn,” he said.

The remarks comes barely two weeks after Djibouti minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamud accused the East Africa country of already involving in issues that deteriorate the stability in Somalia.

“We think Kenya is threat to Somalia, Kenya could use its UNSC membership to exert pressure on Somalia over maritime border dispute and that could escalate the situation,” he said.

The OIC with 57 member countries threw its weight behind Djibouti candidacy for UNSC seat.

Traditionally, elections at all UN bodies are done through formal balloting even if candidates have been endorsed by their regional group or are unopposed.