28 August 2019
Djibouti’s breaking African Union tradition in seeking a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Kenya got the continental body’s support in a secret ballot last week.
But Djibouti, which has been passed over three times, now says it will seek support from its friends at the world organization.
Somalia is believed to be behind the Djibouti move that has thrown the African Union into confusion.
Djibouti has powerful friends like the United States, China, France and Japan who have military bases on its strategically-placed Red Sea port.
The question is will these countries also break with tradition and overrule the AU choice in the vote next June for the next East African country to fill a rotating seat on the UN powerhouse.