China announced the withdrawal of its candidate Qian Tang in favor of Egypt’s candidate Ambassador Moushira Khattab، the Foreign Ministry spokesperson، Ahmed Abu Zeid، confirmed.
Khattab had 13 votes in its tally، with the Chinese candidate’s withdrawal she has the chance to garner at least 18 votes in the upcoming fourth round.
During three round، no candidate has acquired the 30 necessary votes of 58-member Executive Board to replaced Irina Bokova، whose tenure expires at the end of the year.
The vote would continue to a four round tonight، if the 30-vote quota was not met، the election will be continued to a decisive fifth round، be held on Friday، including the top two candidate from the fourth round.
France and Qatar's candidates shared first place with 18، Khattab of Egypt finished third with 13 votes، leaving Qian Tang of China was in the fourth place with 5 votes and Lebanon’s Vera El Khoury came in the rock bottom with 4 votes.