22 September 2018 01:25 PM

Khattab asserts determination in UNESCO vote

Thursday، 12 October 2017 - 01:39 PM

Egypt's candidate for the UNESCO director-general post Moshira Khattab asserted on Wednesday determination amid a fierce competition in which she came third in a new round of voting today.

"We are going ahead in the voting process until its end with full will and determination," Khattab told the state television.

There is a fourth session on Thursday and a final one on Friday, she noted.

Asked about an alleged role for political capital in the election, the veteran diplomat said she does not comment on such reports.

But, she said "each country has an arm and tries to use it. We are competing with competence and merit."

She argued that Egypt "achieved the best performance."

Earlier today, Khattab secured 13 votes in the third round of election which was held Wednesday at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Khattab came third in the ballot after Qatar's Hamad al Kawari and France's Audrey Azoulay, who won 18 votes each.

To win the post of the UNESCO director general, a candidate should get an absolute majority of 30 votes of the 58-member board in any of the four rounds of the vote that kicked off on Monday and will run until October 12.

A fifth round will be held in case no candidate gets the absolute majority, but it is not required to get 30 votes this time.

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