From Reuters: see here for full article. (Sylvia Westall, May 13).
Race to Lead IAEA Has No Clear Front-Runner, Diplomats Say
Thursday, May 14, 2009
“As of now, on their own, if you put any one name of these five on the ballot, I don’t think any could get 24 votes. I don’t see any personality among these five now who exerts an appeal across the political divide in the board,” said one high-level diplomat from a developing nation, likely referring to a split between Western nations and developing countries that emerged in the first effort to select a replacement for three-term IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei…
“I don’t see any of the five bridging the North-South divide. … The winner must show he can count on some support outside his natural grouping,” according to a European Union diplomat. “A moderate G-77 (group of developing nations) candidate might be best placed, but the most propitious ones were not nominated.”
(My bold italics)
Yeah, well I could have told ’em that. Sigh.