Grossi, who pledged on Tuesday to act independently and neutrally on issues including Iran, had been running neck-and-neck with Amano’s former right-hand man and current acting director general, Cornel Feruta of Romania. After repeated votes by the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors, Grossi took the lead on Monday.
Grossi, who had the early support of heavyweights including Brazil and the US, reached the two-thirds of votes required on Tuesday, with 24 countries backing him.
His appointment will now be signed off by another board meeting and a wider meeting of all member states, both of which are considered formalities.
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