Moushira Khattab - REUTERS
CAIRO - 10 October 2017: The second of four rounds of the UNESCO voting for a new director-general resulted in 12 votes for Egypt's Moushira Khattab, 20 votes for Qatar and 13 votes for France.
Results of UNESCO's second voting round on Oct. 10 - UNESCO
Lebanese candidate Vera El Khoury ammased three votes, Chinese candidate Qian Tang received five votes, and Pham Sanh Chau of Vietnam garnered five votes.
In the morning, the Executive Board – comprising 58 member states of the board having the right to vote – discussed the agenda before the secret ballot started at 17:00 Paris local time.
The first round took place on Monday without a definite win as none of the candidates had the absolute majority of 30 votes.
Seven candidates are running for office, including Ambassador Moushira Khattab, the candidate from Egypt and Africa.
The winning candidate must obtain 30 votes, which did not occur in the first round but possible by a potential fifth round, which is to be held on Friday. The candidates who amassed the highest number of votes in the fourth round will compete in the fifth.
The new director-general of UNESCO will be named on October 13. Then, 195 members in the General Conference will be appointed in view of recommendations from UNESCO’s Executive Board.