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Published on : Saturday, May 13, 2017
Zimbabwean Tourism and Hospitality Minister Walter Mzembi lost his bid to become the next Secretary General of the UNWTO. He lost the elections by just three votes. The election was held on Friday in Madrid, Spain. Mzembi was defeated by Georgian Zurab Pololikashvili in the second round of the election after winning the first round with 11 votes against Pololikashvili’s eight.
In the second round, the Zimbabwean minister came second with 15 votes against Pololikashvili’s 18 votes.
UNWTO said in a statement, “The 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 12 May 2017, recommended Zurab Pololikashvili, Ambassador of Georgia in Spain, as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2018. The candidature of Zurab Pololikashvili was presented by his country, Georgia, in accordance with the UNWTO statutes.”
The new Secretary-General will replace the current head, Dr. Taleb Rifai of Jordan.