Ethiopia has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council following an overwhelming vote of 185 out of the 193-member General Assembly of the body, Africa News reports.
Africa’s current representatives on the Council, Egypt and Senegal, would be stepping down at the end of 2017 when their two-year term comes to an end.
Ethiopia was elected to the Council with 185 votes out of 190 votes cast, one vote was invalid while two other members abstained.
Ethiopia replaces Angola on the Council at the end of the year. The African Union endorsed the country’s candidacy during the heads of state member meeting earlier this year.
Ethiopia was one of the 51 pioneer countries which founded the United Nations in 1945. The country has previously served on the Security Council, in 1967-1968 and 1989-1990.