IAEA fails to elect new leader

March 27, 2009 17:34

Two men with differing visions for the International Atomic Energy Agency failed Friday to win enough support to become its new chief, splitting the vote among the agency's developed and developing countries. A meeting of the agency's 35-nation board was adjourned prematurely after neither Yukiya Amano of Japan nor Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa got the required two-thirds majority needed for victory. With an inconclusive initial attempt to find a successor for IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, board chairwoman Taous Feroukhi of Algeria was expected on Monday to invite member nations to submit - or resubmit - candidates within the next four weeks before a new meeting. That meant that both Amano and Minty could try again - something the South African appeared to rule out in comments after the end of the secret balloting.

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