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Seven candidates vie for UNWTO SG post, seven disqualified

HARARE  –  Seven candidates, including  Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Walter Mzembi  successfully filed their nomination papers in time for the election of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary general  set for May, while seven other were disqualified, the UNWTO said  on Friday.

The UNWTO secretariat said the deadline for submission of papers had  closed on 11 March. Minister Mzembi will battle it out with Vahan Martirosyan of Armenia, Brazil’s  Márcio Favilla and Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente of Colombia.

Georgia’s Zurab Pololikashvili, Alain St. Ange of Seychelles and the  only woman in the race, Young-shim Dho of South Korea complete the  list of candidates.

“The Secretariat received seven other applications which were not  accompanied by the required documents,” the UNWTO said.

“Consequently, the applications will not be submitted to the 105th  session of the Executive Council.”

The emergence of the Seychelles candidate came as a surprise, as  the African Union had endorsed Mzembi as the continent’s official  candidate. The UNWTO’s 105th session to be held from 9 to 12 May in China will  elect the next secretary general who will take over from Jordanian, Dr  Taleb Rifai who completes his second four-year term at the end of this  year.

The specialised arm of the United Nations has 157 member countries,  six territories and over 500 affiliate members

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