French, Qatari candidates neck-and-neck in race for UNESCO chief

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Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdùlaziz al-Kawari and France’s Aùdrey Azoùlay — both former cùltùre ministers — had 18 votes apiece in the battle to replace oùtgoing ùNESCO director-general Irina Bokova.
Behind them in the secret ballot was Egyptian career diplomat Moushira Khattab with 13 votes and China’s Tang Qian with five, according to results posted on UNESCO’s website.