Al Kawari leads second round vote for UNESCO top job

Al Kawari leads second round vote for UNESCO top job

Qatar’s candidate for the post of Director-General of Unesco, Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, has the lead in the second round of elections with 20 votes out of the total 58 votes.
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Qatar’s candidate for the post of Director-General of Unesco, Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, has the lead in the second round of elections with 20 votes out of the total 58 votes. 

He had led the first round voting also with 19 votes but failed to garner the requested majority of 30 votes in both rounds.

Dr Al Kawari was competing with six candidates in round one, including three Arabs to succeed the outgoing Director-General, Bulgarian, Irina Bokova. 

Polad Bulbuloglu from Azerbaijan is not competing in the second round. Only six candidates competed in round two.

The third round of voting will take place tomorrow. If no candidate gets majority then there will a fourth round and if the stalemate continues then the fifth and final round will be held on Friday October 13, 2017.

During this round, a final ballot shall be taken, restricted to the two candidates who obtained the most votes in the fourth ballot. The candidate obtaining a majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.

The other seven candidates who competed for the post in the first round are Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari from Qatar, Polad Bulbuloglu from Azerbaijan, Pham Sanh Chau from Vietnam, Qian Tang from China, Vera El-Khoury Lacoeuilhe from Lebanon, Audrey Azoulay from France and Moushira Khattab from Egypt.

The winner will be announced by October 13. Then the General Conference will elect the Executive Board at its 39th session on November 10, with the participation of the 195 member states. The new Director-General will assume office on November 15.

The Director-General is appointed for a period of four years, and may be appointed for a further term of four years, but shall not be eligible for reappointment for a subsequent term.

Source: The Peninsula 

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