…there was a straw vote (i.e. official but non-binding) on the Director General post at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
You may remember in the last round of voting there were 2 candidates from Japan and South Africa respectively. In order to win, the candidate has to gain 24 votes, or two thirds of the Board. The Japanese candidate gained 23, there was one abstention and 11 went to the South African.
In the straw vote yesterday, there were additional candidates – people from Slovenia, Belgian and Spain. The Slovenian and the Belgian did not win any votes. The Spaniard gained 4, the Japanese 20 and the South African still had 11.
15 countries are not too happy with Japan, obviously, but not all of them are keen on the lone developing nation candidate. I wonder if the real vote – on July 2nd – is going to be an impasse.
The best solution? A compromise candidate like my husband. (OK, I would say that, wouldn’t I? But that is not going to happen, because Malaysian pledged its vote to Japan for reasons I am sure you can guess. I suspect – a personal assessment as I have no insider info! – that many other developing nations did exactly the same thing.)
Watch this space for the next exciting episode…