Moushira Khattab to run in UNESCO election's fourth round Thursday

Cheryl Sanders
October 14, 2017

The Qatari candidate Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari and France's Audrey Azoulay are neck and neck following the third round of voting, with Egypt's Moushira Khattab following in third place.

Arab states believed the job of director-general of the 195-member organisation should go to one of them for the first time, but regional rivalries and the USA and Israeli withdrawals undercut their ambitions.

The victor must be confirmed by the UNESCO general conference next month and will replace outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova in January 2018.

The ministry said the request made Friday was submitted by Egypt's permanent mission to UNESCO.

Egypt's candidate for the UNESCO director-general post Moshira Khattab has secured 12 votes in the second round of election, which was held on Tuesday 10/10/2017 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The UNESCO vote comes as Egypt and three other Arab nations continue a months-long boycott of Qatar over allegations that the government funds extremists and has overly warm ties to Iran.

The rift continued to fester in recent years, with the organisation becoming the scene of repeated diplomatic flare-ups after efforts led by Arab countries to pass resolutions critical of Israel.

The proceedings have been overshadowed by the US decision, announced Thursday, to withdraw from the agency.

The final vote comes the day after the US and Israel said they plan to pull out of the Paris-based organization over perceived anti-Israel bias.

Over the past few days, Egyptian media has accused energy-rich Qatar of buying votes for its contender, Al-Kawari.

UNESCO's general assembly will have to sign off on the board's pick.

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