File - Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt speaks during a news conference in his house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)
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A government attempt to nominate a Lebanese woman for the post of director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization over former Minister Ghassan Salameh has come under fire by MP Walid Jumblatt, who voiced his support for Salameh as the most efficient Lebanese and Arab figure capable of heading the U.N. agency.Salameh, a former culture minister, announced his bid for the UNESCO position during an interview with the LBCI channel earlier this month. He also asked the Lebanese government to back his candidacy for the post. Jumblatt implicitly criticized the government bid to nominate Khoury for the UNESCO post, while voicing his support for Salameh's candidacy. He also urged the government to back Salameh's candidacy. Following Jumblatt's objection to Khoury's nomination, a political, cultural and educational campaign is expected to widen in favor of Salameh's bid.
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