France’s Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture of the government of Manuel Valls (2016-2017), was elected as Executive Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Friday, 13 October. succeeding Bulgarian Irina Bokova. The French candidate was opposed to the Qatari Hamad Al-Kawari.
In an intermediate vote in the afternoon, the 58 members of the Executive Board of Unesco preferred the French Audrey Azoulay to the Egyptian Moushira Khattab, by 31 votes to 25 (two white votes), to face the Qatari Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari in the final round of voting.
According to the newspaper “the world”, the two candidates arrived tied Thursday evening, with 18 votes each, behind the Qatari candidate (22 votes), who made the race in the lead since the start of the selection process on Monday. An unprecedented scenario which forced Unesco to organize a sort of intermediate vote to decide between the two candidates.