UNESCO still can’t pick new Director-General on 2nd round voting

UNESCO still can’t pick new Director-General on 2nd round voting
# 19 September 2009 10:36 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The executive board of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) failed to pick out the new Director-General during the second round of the election on Friday.
Representatives of the 58 nations in UNESCO’s ruling council began the first round of voting on Thursday, but none of the nine candidates won out with an absolute majority of 30 in-favor votes. The spokesman said a third ballot was set for Saturday.
During the second round, Egypt’s culture minister Faruq Hosni is still leading the votes with 23 ballots, one vote more than the first round, and followed by European Commissioner for External Relations and ex-Austrian foreign minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldneras the main rivals.
The incumbent director general, Japan’s Koichiro Matsuura, is to end his term in this November. Electing a successor is on top agenda of the 182nd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, from 7to 23 September.
The executive board will also examine the organization’s Draft Program and Budget for 2010-2011 and the establishment of different types of centers and institutes under the auspices of the organization during this session.  
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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED