Agence France-PresseOctober 4, 2013 15:01
UNESCO has voted its director general Irina Bokova to a second term in office, a spokeswoman for the UN agency told AFP on Friday.
The Bulgarian was re-elected despite a tough challenge from two rivals -- the Djiboutian ambassador to France, Rachad Farah, and Lebanese academic Joseph Maila.
"Irina Bokova received 39 votes, Rachad Farah 13 votes and Joseph Maila six," said spokeswoman Lucia Iglesia Kuntz.
The 61-year-old Bokova, who was the favourite to win, needed 30 votes out of 58 to be assured of victory.