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Second vote on IAEA chief inconclusive: Diplomats

The first and second rounds of voting in the election of the UN atomic watchdog's new chief were inconclusive, with neither of the two candidates winning the required two-thirds majority, diplomats said on Thursday.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2009 23:23 IST
AFP

The first and second rounds of voting in the election of the UN atomic watchdog's new chief were inconclusive, with neither of the two candidates winning the required two-thirds majority, diplomats said on Thursday.

In the first informal secret ballot today morning, front-runner Japanese ambassador Yukiya Amano won 21 votes, and rival candidate Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa won 14 votes.

There were no abstentions, a diplomat who attended the closed-door session told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. In the second round, 61-year-old Amano won 20 votes and 69-year-old Minty won 15 votes, the diplomat said.

The 35-member board was now scheduled to hold a third round. In order to win, a candidate would have to secure at least 24 votes from a total 35 on the board.

First Published: Mar 26, 2009 23:21 IST