Sierra Leone and Algeria have been elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council representing Africa.
Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio termed the election “a generational accomplishment” .
He said it “represented our unique success as a democratic and peaceful country of resilience” that had successfully transitioned from war to peace.
Guyana, Republic of Korea and Slovenia were also elected following a vote by the General Assembly on Tuesday.
The five will join Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland as non-permanent members of the Council.
The new members will take up their seats on 1 January and will serve until 31 December 2025.
The Security Council is composed of 15 countries, five of which - China, France, Russia, the UK and the US – are permanent members with a right to veto any resolution.