The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan for a year, amid ongoing rebel violence in parts of Africa’s youngest nation.
It has been reported that Russia and China abstained from the vote.
US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, tweeted that the renewed mandate would help strengthen efforts to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and enable the peace mission to provide electoral assistance.
The UN retained the 19,000-strong contingent comprising of 17,000 soldiers and 2,101 police officers. A deadly civil war between 2013 and 2018 left thousands dead and millions of people homeless.
A power-sharing deal signed has failed to stem violence in many parts of the country. The UN has issued grim projections about the possibility of holding elections next year.