Following U.S. Withdrawal, UNESCO Seeks New Chief

Wochit Headline News - Friday, 13 October 2017  (1 week ago)
On Friday, the United Nations' cultural agency will elect a new chief following the withdrawal of UNESCO's primary backers the United States and Israel. Following four days of secret balloting at UNESCO’s Paris HQ, Qatar’s former culture minister Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari qualified for the final vote, scheduled to take place on Friday evening. Depending on the winner of a ballot Friday afternoon, al-Kawari will go up against either Moushira Khattab, an egyptian politician and diplomat, or Audrey Azoulay, a former French culture minister. French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said ahead of the vote to replace Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian who has led the agency since 2009, "More than ever UNESCO needs a project that rallies the member states, re-establishes trust and cuts through the political divisions for the sake of UNESCO."

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