Al-Kuwari in final round of Unesco election

Al-Kuwari in final round of Unesco election

Al-Kuwari in final round of Unesco election

In a short address, she also thanked "the Executive Board member states that gave me their trust" in her surprise 30-28 vote win over Qatari candidate Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari.

While UNESCO's general assembly must sign off month on the executive board's leadership pick, but officials said the confirmation vote typically is a formality.

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

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed to reporters Egypt's wishes for best luck in the final round to France after Egypt's candidate Moushira Khattab won only 25 votes in the UNESCO fifth round, while France's Audrey Azoulay received 31 votes.

The next vote between the French and Egyptian candidates will see who competes with al-Kuwari in the final round to be held later on Friday.

The new director-general will replace Irina Bokova in this post and be confirmed at the UNESCO General Conference in November.

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UNESCO has had European, Asian, African and American chiefs, but never one from an Arab country.

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.

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.

Arab countries have long wanted to lead the organization, but the Palestine issue has complicated the election.

The board's selection of Audrey Azoulay over a Qatari candidate came the day after the United States announced that it intends to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.

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