Candidates for IAEA Director General Nominated
Japan and South Africa Submit Candidates to Agency´s Board
Ambassador Amano from Japan and Ambassador Minty from South Africa. (Photos: D. Calma/IAEA)
The governments of Japan and South Africa have submitted candidates for IAEA Director General to the Agency´s Board. Japan has nominated Ambassador Yukiya Amano and South Africa has nominated Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty.
The two candidates were nominated in line with a process announced by the Board in October 2008. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei´s term of office expires on 30 November 2009. He has served as Director General since 1997 and has stated that he is not available for a fourth term of office.
At the October 2008 Board meeting, Chair Taous Feroukhi informed Governors that the closing date for submitting nominations had been set for 31 December 2008.
In order to be appointed a candidate must secure a two-thirds vote of the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors. If a two-thirds majority is not achieved, the nomination process begins again.
The Board intends to make an appointment by June 2009. The appointment will then be submitted for approval at the IAEA General Conference in September 2009.
Dr. ElBaradei is the IAEA´s fourth Director General since 1957. He was first appointed to the office effective December 1997, and reappointed in 2001 and 2005. He follows Hans Blix, IAEA Director General from 1981 to 1997; Sigvard Eklund, IAEA Director General from 1961 to 1981; and Sterling Cole, IAEA Director General from 1957 to 1961.
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