The IAEA Board will meet 27 March to continue the balloting in closed session on the appointment of the Director General. The Board´s Chair - Algerian Ambassador Taous Feroukhi - announced the meeting, after neither of the two candidates received the required votes during the Board´s balloting today.
Nominations for the post have come from Japan, which has nominated Ambassador Yukiya Amano, and South Africa, which has nominated Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty.
The two candidates were nominated in line with a process announced by the Board in October 2008. In order to be appointed, a candidate must secure a two-thirds vote of the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors by secret balloting.
In line with the IAEA Statute, the Director General is appointed by the Board of Governors with the approval of the General Conference for a term of four years.
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.