How the EPO race was won
EPO member states were close to postponing the election of a president for a fourth time, before Benoît Battistelli finally and narrowly won the support of three-quarters of member states in the middle of Monday afternoon
A lot of us started to wonder what the next steps
would be, said one representative of an EPO member state
after the meeting. Holding another meeting, or even
restarting the process, would have been raised if we had not
come to a conclusion in that round of voting.
There was no
possibility of extending Mondays meeting the
fourth time the EPOs Admin Council had met to elect a new
president since October last year so a further date
would have had to be scheduled if the vote had not been
Battistellis success came after his candidacy had
gradually built up support during 20 separate votes over the
four Council meetings. After the previous vote last month, he
was just one short of the required threshold, and was expected
to have gathered enough momentum to win the vote
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