Bulgarian candidate, Irina Bokova, 57, was elected the head of the UNESCO on Tuesday, defeating Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny. Bokova won by a vote of 31 to 27 to be the first woman and first Eastern European to run the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, after five rounds of voting at the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris.
Thanks to microblogging site Twitter, we have a summary of mixed reactions from Egypt and the Middle-East towards Farouk Hosny's defeat. In 140 characters, Twitter users
As expected, all Egyptians should be sad because their candidate for the UNESCO was defeated. And Hanan Abdel Meguid‘s sad tone was so obvious in the tweet below:
And Youssra was astonished, and it seems that she wasn't expecting him to be defeated:
But wait a moment. It looks like other than the above two tweets, no one else was sad. Even Cairo-based blogger and journalist Sarah Carr wrote the following post asking people to help her find those few ones who were sad for his defeat:
In fact, it seems the no one was able to help Sarah in her search, especially that the majority of the Egyptian Twitter users were not sad at all. Ahmed El- Sadek, for example, wrote here that he can't really say that he is sad:
Zeinobia on the other hand couldn't hide the wide smile in her tweet.
Mona Eltahawy was happy too:
She even wrote another Tweet thanking God because Farouk Hosny did not win.
And Amr Salama wrote:
So, it seems that most of the Egyptians were against him. Ahmed Shoukry wrote here to clarify that if this point of view is so common among the Egyptian blogs and tweets, then it is for sure the same point of view of the majority of people on the street:
But what really makes most of the Egyptian take such stand?!
Mona Eltahawy believes that it's because Hosny is not Egypt's candidate, but he's the Egyptian regime's candidate.
The following conversation between Mostafa Hussein, and JPierre also elaborates why people didn't want him to win:
And Cairo Gem has an almost identical point of view to Mostafa Hussein‘s:
AlAnany believes that Hosny tried to please both the Egyptians, the Westerners and the Israelis and at the end he pleased no one:
And as usual, all our political debates have to end with a cool conspiracy theory like this one.
For more reactions on Hosny's nomination before the election read Marwa Rakha's post here.