Moushira Khat­tab makes it to 3rd round in UNESCO votes


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Egypt’s can­di­date Moshira Khat­tab, run­ning for UNESCO’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral post, re­ceived 12 votes dur­ing the sec­ond round, re­main­ing in the third place.

Qatar’s can­di­date, Ha­mad Bin Ab­du­laziz Al-Kawari re­ceived 20 votes, while the French can­di­date re­ceived 13,sim­i­lar to the re­sult of the first round.

Through­out the two rounds, the Qatari can­di­date topped the votes, as he also was the high­est in the first round with 19 votes.

Khat­tab and Kawari both earned one ex­tra vote dur­ing this round.

Af­ter the un­ex­pected vic­tory of the Qatari can­di­date for UNESCO’s post of di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Egypt’s can­di­date, Moshira Khat­tab as­serts that there is still an op­por­tu­nity to win the post.

For the re­sults of first round, Khat­tab re­ceived 11 votes rank­ing in the third place, while the Qatar’s can­di­date Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari, re­ceived 19 votes, com­ing in first place, as the French can­di­date who was viewed as a strong con­tender for both earned 13 votes.

The sec­ond round of the vot­ing kicks off on Tues­day, with the three can­di­dates who col­lected the high­est votes of the first round.

In her tele­vised phone call to pri­va­tively owned CBC chan­nel, Khat­tab said, “There are still four rounds and the first round is not the base.The out­come of the cur­rent round, is pro­mot­ing us to think about the ne­ces­sity con­tin­ual of the vot­ing and po­lit­i­cal move­ments,” she con­tin­ued.

She con­tin­ued that some African coun­tries did not vote for Egypt, stress­ing that the bat­tle is di­vided into two parts, the first re­lated to the ef­fi­ciency of the can­di­date and the other is po­lit­i­cal.

Egypt’s For­eign-Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry is cur­rently in Paris to sup­port Khat­tab. He has co­or­di­nated a se­ries of meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent coun­tries over the past months.

The min­istry’s spokesper­son Ahmed Abou Zaid com­mented on the re­sult of the first round, say­ing it is still “not a mea­sure of vic­tory” ,adding that re­cently the elec­tions of the UNESCO be­came politi­cised, clar­i­fy­ing that dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal stances of coun­tries im­pact re­sults.

“Egypt is deal­ing with this bat­tle with hon­ourable be­hav­iour, through pre­sent­ing a can­di­date wor­thy of this post, which is sup­ported by the African, Arab, and Euro­pean coun­tries,” he added.

Abu Zaid con­cluded that all means are used in such elec­tions, es­pe­cially in UNESCO.

It was be­lieved among dif­fer­ent pub­lic fig­ures that the Qatari can­di­date would have less chance of win­ning the can­di­dacy due to Qatari cri­sis of cut­ting ties. How­ever, the can­di­date has one fac­tor that helped over­come this draw­back, which is among the qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired for the post, his fi­nan­cial re­sources.

It is a top pri­or­ity for the next di­rec­tor to con­trib­ute in shoring up fi­nances, as the UNESCO is suf­fer­ing some eco­nomic is­sues ,af­ter the US and Is­rael have sus­pended their fund­ing over the Pales­tinian mem­ber­ship is­sue.

None of the can­di­dates earned the votes that re­quires him/her to qual­ify for win­ning the post.

The can­di­dates are sched­uled to face fur­ther rounds un­til Fri­day, where only two can­di­dates will be se­lected for fi­nal votes from those who re­ceived the high­est votes through­out the vot­ing pro­cess.

The win­ner must be se­lected by 30 out of 58 mem­bers of the UNESCO’s ex­ec­u­tive broad, and ap­proved by the UNSECO’s mem­bers in a gen­eral assem­bly in Novem­ber.

The new di­rec­tor-gen­eral is sched­uled to take of­fice on 15 Novem­ber ,af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of the cur­rent Bul­gar­ian Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Irina Bo­voka ,who was elected for two con­sec­u­tive terms.

Khat­tab re­ceived 11 votes in first round, 12 votes in sec­ond

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