Dr Al Kawari is competing
with six candidates, including three Arabs to succeed the outgoing
Director-General, Bulgarian, Irina Bokova.
The second round of voting
will take place today.
The other seven candidates
competing for the post are Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari from Qatar, Polad
Bulbuloglu from Azerbaijan, Pham Sanh Chau from Vietnam, Qian Tang from China,
Vera El-Khoury Lacoeuilhe from Lebanon, Audrey Azoulay from France and Moushira
Khattab from Egypt.
The winner will be
announced by October 13. Then the General Conference will elect the Executive
Board at its 39th session on November 10, with the participation of the 195
member states. The new Director-General will assume office on November 15.
The Director-General is
appointed for a period of four years, and may be appointed for a further term
of four years, but shall not be eligible for reappointment for a subsequent