Mozambique elected to join UN Security Council

The UN General Assembly has elected Mozambique as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year-term beginning January.

Other countries elected in the Thursday vote were Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland.

They will replace India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said the country will be the voice of African nations that seek to build a peaceful future.

“This is a historic moment for the country, a milestone that Mozambique should be proud of. Our country has history. It has the record and experience of advocating conflict mitigation measures and, above all, of promoting negotiated solutions for peace, in this sense, our commitment remains unwavering,” he said in a statement.

Mozambique received 192 votes, Ecuador 190, Japan 184, Malta 185 and Switzerland 187.

The 15-member council has five permanent members – the US, UK, France, Russia and China – and 10 non-permanent seats.

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