The French and Qatari candidates will contest the final round of the election for Director-General of UNESCO later Friday after Egypt’s candidate was eliminated.
France’s Audrey Azoulay poled 31 votes at a run-off vote of the UNESCO executive board members against 25 for Egypt’s Moushira Khattab.
Azoulay will now face off against Qatar’s Hamad Al-Kawari in a vote due to be held at 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).
The proceedings have been overshadowed by the U.S. decision, announced Thursday, to withdraw from the agency.
In a swift reaction, Egypt has officially asked for a probe into alleged irregularities in the process to elect a new director-general for the UN agency.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made the request at a meeting on Friday with incumbent UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Zeid added.
Over the past few days, Egyptian media has accused energy-rich Qatar of buying votes for its contender Al-Kawari.