New Secretary-General Elected at ITU (11/10)
Friday, November 10, 2006 | Comments
Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) elected Hamadoun I. Tour} of Mali as secretary-general of ITU for a four-year term. The election took place in AntalyaTurkey, during the 17th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. Tour} won the position with 95 votes with 155 countries present and voting, and thus the required majority for election was 78 votes. Tour} told the 1,500 delegates from around the world that he would work with transparency, objectivity, and vigor to realize the two main objectives that were central to his campaign: to eliminate the digital divide and to ensure that cyberspace would become more secure. Houlin Zhao of China was elected deputy secretary-general in the first round with 93 votes.

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