Al-Kuwari in final round of Unesco election

Al-Kuwari in final round of Unesco election

Egyptian candidate Moushira Khattab was among three finalists for the position, but was eliminated in a runoff with France's Audrey Azoulay on Friday.

Unlike all previous expectations, the fourth election round to assign a new director general for UNESCO carried a surprise that has never happened in the history of the UN organization.

Terribly upset, Bokova called the US withdrawal a "loss to multilateralism".

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was supposedly received the UNESCO's award in conjunction with the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

The announcement by the Trump administration was followed a few hours later by news that Israel was also planning to quit the UN organization.

"U.S. taxpayers should no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense", Haley said.

The 45-year-old, a former minister under President Francois Hollande, has the political background, and knows the cultural and communications' sectors well having dedicated much of her career to them.

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The veteran Egyptian diplomat won 25 votes to Azoulay's 31.

This tie forced current Director-General Irina Bokova to announce that there will be an eliminating ballot between Egypt's Moushira Khattab and France's Audrey Azoulay on Friday to determine who will run against al-Kawari in a final vote on Friday.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley didn't mince words when she outlined the U.S. withdrawal in a statement released on Thursday: "Its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment", she said, citing a "long line of foolish actions" including designating the Israeli-occupied ancient city of Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site, and keeping Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on a UNESCO human rights committee.

Ex-president Ronald Reagan first pulled the US out in 1984 over alleged financial mismanagement and claims of anti-US bias in some of its policies.

The rift continued to fester in recent years, with the organisation becoming the scene of repeated diplomatic flare-ups after efforts led by Arab countries to pass resolutions critical of Israel.

But in 2011 relations soured again after UNESCO admitted Palestine as a full member, prompting the US to cut its funding to the organisation, leaving a gaping hole in its finances.

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