October 13, 2017 / 5:20 PM / 2 years ago

UNESCO selects France's Azoulay as new chief

France's Audrey Azoulay, the newly-elected Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), enters the Executive Council room to deliver a speech at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations’ cultural agency selected former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay as its new chief on Friday, handing her the keys to revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States pulled out.

Azoulay edged Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari after the fifth round of voting and the decision will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on Nov. 10.

Additional reporting by Miranda Alexander-Webber, Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Angus MacSwan

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