IAEA fails to select new chief in new vote

Publish date: March 29, 2009

The UN atomic watchdog reopened the race for its new director general on Friday after neither of the two previous candidates won sufficient votes for victory, Agency France Presse reported

Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency now have four weeks to nominate new candidates, with a new election expected some time in May, said the agency.

“The slate of candidates is considered to have been wiped clean,” the chairwoman of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board, Taous Feroukhi, told reporters after a crunch vote between Yukiya Amano of Japan or Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa produced no clear winner.

“Neither candidate was able to enjoy the two-thirds majority” needed, Feroukhi told AFP.

A note would therefore be officially circulated to member states next Monday, giving them 28 days to present new candidates, said the agency.